Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Colorado: Saguache County Clerk ousted in recall

The bungled Saguache County Clerk election from last year, that prompted reviews by the secretary of state and a grand jury investigation, had its final result in yesterday. The County Clerk and Recorder Melinda Myers (D) was recalled by 68% of the vote (941-453). The winner of the replacement vote was the loser of the last, very disputed election, Republican Carla Gomez, who defeated independent Patricia Jenkins 762-319.

Turnout for the recall election was low (33%) -- the 2010 election saw 1,300 votes.

According to the Denver Post article:

"An error by an election worker led to the polling place results for two precincts being loaded twice into a vote-counting software program, while the mail-in ballots for the precincts were not included. Two days later, with the blessing of state election officials, Myers and her staff ran the ballots again, overturning the election-night results. The second count erased victories for Republican commissioner candidate Steven Carlson and Gomez.

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