Primary Election Day Unofficial Results – Wednesday Update

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Boulder County Elections Division Press Release

June 29, 2016

Media Contact: Mircalla Wozniak, Communications Specialist, 303.413.7766

Primary Election Day Unofficial Results – Wednesday Update

Boulder County, Colo. -- Boulder County The Boulder County Elections Division has finished tallying the results for 36,566 ballots for the 2016 Primary Election and has posted preliminary unofficial results on our website -

As a normal part of the election process, these are the remaining categories of ballots left to be counted:

There are 145 mail ballots that have the potential to be "cured" by voters. These are ballots where one or more of the following verification steps were incomplete: the signature on the envelope did not match, the signature on the envelope was forgotten, or an ID was required and not provided. These voters will be mailed a letter no later than Thursday, June 30 (and sent an email if an email is on their voter registration record) informing them of the status of their ballot. By law, these voters have until Wednesday, July 6 at 4:30 p.m. to address these items (8th day following the election).

Then, there are 575 UOCAVA military and overseas voter mail ballots that have the potential to be returned and still count for this election. Most military and overseas voters that intend to vote return their ballot by Election Day, however, by law, UOCAVA mail ballots have until 8 days after the election to be received. Historically, we have received less than 5% back from this category.

Additionally, to protect voter anonymity for the above two categories of ballots, the Boulder County Elections office has reserved 1,382 ballots for counting at the end of this 8-day period (typically 3 ballots per precinct per district style). Ballots from voters who reside in precincts that have so few voters with the same ballot style are also held to protect voter anonymity. This year, we received back 7 ballots from this category. We also have 17 ballots from election night awaiting duplication due to ballot damage (typically, ballots returned torn or with stains).

Thus, at a minimum, 1,406 ballots will be counted and added to the current preliminary results of 36,566. Then, depending on voter response, ballots that have been cured and UOCAVA ballots returned in the 8-day window will be added to the current preliminary results.

Additionally, 22 ballots were picked up by Denver election officials at the Central USPS mail processing facility at 7 p.m. on election night, plus an unknown quantity of ballots that may have been returned by the election deadline to another county clerk’s office and will be transferred to our office within a few days. Assuming the signatures on these mail ballots are verified, these ballots will be added to the preliminary results as well. Based off of past election years, we anticipate this count to be less than 30 ballots.  Finally, Boulder County has no provisional ballots for this election.

None of the remaining ballots to be counted will be tabulated until Wednesday, July 6. The updated results will be posted late that evening.

For the Democratic Primary Election for State House District 10, we have provided some additional information for that district (these are all sub-sets of the above figures):

  • 175 reserve ballots that will be counted
  • 189 UOCAVA mail ballots that have the potential to be counted
  • 35 ballots that the signature did not match, the signature was forgotten, or an ID was required and not provided. These ballots also have the potential to be counted, if cured.
  • 5 ballots from the Central USPS pick-up and an unknown, if any, quantity of ballots from other counties

If a voter would like to check to confirm that we received and processed their mail ballot, they can check online at While checking on the status of their mail ballot, the Elections Division encourages all voters to login and sign-up for Boulder County Votes Ballot Track (available on the Elections website). We will be using this system for the 2016 General Election and once signed-up, voters will receive alerts on their 2016 November mail ballot.