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Chaffee County Clerk and Recorder Lori Mitchell reports that election results were formally certified following the November 19 meeting of the Chaffee County Canvass Boards. The final official results have been submitted to the Colorado Secretary of State’s Office as part of the 2021 election close-out process.

Chaffee Clerk and Recorder Lori Mitchell. Photo by Dan Smith

Readers can view the final and official results of the 2021 Chaffee County Coordinated Election available at

According to the Chaffee County Election Dashboard:

  • County election turnout was 52.7 percent of eligible voters
  • Total ballots cast were 8,299
  • The county has 15,747 registered voters

The Canvass Board is responsible for reconciling the number of ballots counted to the number of ballots cast in the election and ensuring the vote counts do not exceed the maximum number of active voters in the county. For the local measures including the Salida City Council seats, the Salida mayor, and school board races, designated Election Officials were appointed to the Canvass Board from the coordinating entities of City of Salida, Salida School District, and Buena Vista School District.

For the state-level measures including Propositions 119 and 120 and Amendment 78, the local Republican and Democratic Parties each appointed representatives as Election Officials to the Canvass Board. Clerk Mitchell also served on the Canvass Boards.

The Canvass Boards met on Friday, November 19 to certify the election results. The Canvass Board for the local races voted unanimously to certify the local races’ election.

The Canvass Board for the state measures also certified the state measures election through a majority vote. The Republican member of the state measures Canvass Board declined to sign off on the election certification but provided no legal basis for doing so. The split decision does not impact the election certification.

“I just want to say what an amazing job the election staff and election judges did on this election,” said Mitchell. “This non-vote not to certify is not a reflection in any way on them and their great work.”