Where the race currently stands between Lauren Boebert and Adam Frisch in the 3rd Congressional District
Candidates usually want to cure ballots when the margins are this thin.
Another reason the vote count could take so long is that voters have eight days to “cure” ballots of signature verification problems. Ballots with physical damage, such as tears or stains, may also be eligible for cure.
County election officials contact voters via SMS, phone or mail if they meet the requirements for a cure. Ballots will not be counted if voters do not respond.
Both candidates’ campaigns will receive a list of voters whose ballots could not be counted. The number of ballots that qualify for a cure usually makes up a small percentage of the total turnout. In many counties, about 2 percent of envelopes trigger a drug letter.
Boebert has not commented to the media or social media about the ballot tampering. Frisch, however, immediately encouraged his supporters to look for the letters of the cure.
What about a recount?
Colorado requires an automatic recount when the margin of victory in an election is less than or equal to 0.5 percent of the winner’s vote. For example, if Boebert’s final total reaches 200,000 votes and Frisch finishes less than 1,000 votes behind Boebert, an automatic recount will be triggered.
The recount should be completed within 35 days of election day.
Even if an automatic recount request is not initiated, any candidate can request a recount — however, they will have to pay the bill.
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CPR’s Shanna Lewis, Tony Gorman and Matt Bloom contributed to this report.
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