While most residents of Chaffee County and Colorado have moved on from the November 8 midterm election, the work — and the election — is not over.
According to Colorado law, the eight-day waiting period ended yesterday. This waiting period is the time allotted for any remaining absentee ballots and military ballots to come in, as well as for voters to come in to “cure their ballots”. This is the term used when there is a question related to the voters’ intent with the ballot or a portion of the ballot, or a signature hasn’t exactly matched the signature on file.
The deadline for voters to cure their ballots passed as of 11:59 p.m. last night. Today around 1:00 p.m. election judges will tabulate the final ballots. There are around 200 ballots remaining for counting.
After that, the next step is the Risk Limiting Audit which is done at the county-level, part of an entire state effort. After all 64 counties finish tabulating their ballots, the state will alert each county as to when the audit can begin.
After the audit, the county will move on to the canvass. “After canvass, I will have all the final reports and I will send them out,” said Chaffee County Clerk and Recorder Lori Mitchell this morning.