After completing the required official canvass, it was determined that the School District 20 race between Tracey Johnson and Kim Wright fell into the mandatory recount range. By statute a mandatory recount occurs when there is a difference that is equal to or less than half of one percent (.05) between two qualifying candidates.
“Our office will work diligently to meet and possibly exceed the statutory deadline of December 1, 2011. I am proud of the El Paso County Election Department and the work that they do. I know that they like all other election related tasks they will conduct this recount in a diligent and fair manner,” said Clerk Wayne Williams.
There were 21,984 votes cast in the School District 20 race. The initial unofficial results had Johnson at 7,414 votes and Wright at 7,376 votes. After completing the canvass, 19 ballots were added which moved the race into the mandatory recount. Those ballots which were added were ballots that had initially been rejected for signature discrepancy issues, or lack of signature, and also overseas ballots that were postmarked by November 1, 2011 and received by November 9, 2011. After the canvass the votes cast for Johnson were 7,420 (6 additional ballots) and for Wright 7,389 (13 additional ballots).
The El Paso County Clerk & Recorder’s Office has until December 1, 2011 to complete the recount. The office has notified the school district of the status of this matter. The last recount in El Paso County was in 2000 for House District 17.
The Clerk & Recorder’s Office conducts the canvass, which is the review and audit process of the election. Canvass board members are bipartisan members from each major political party and the Clerk & Recorder.
In addition to the canvass process, a voter whose ballot was rejected has eight (8) days after the election to respond to correspondence that notified them of the problem. The ballot may be rejected due to a mismatched signature or lack of signature on the external mail ballot envelope. The voter then has eight (8) days to provide a copy of their signature and valid ID. Voters who do respond to the correspondence will have their ballot counted and that is included in the canvass counting process.