The Secretary of State will conduct a public review of voted ballots and other materials from the Saguache County 2010 general election next week. The review is an effort to “remove doubt regarding the election results” among Saguache County residents, according to a five-page review and verification plan released today by Secretary of State Scott Gessler’s office. The review will not change the outcome of the election.
Four teams of three people — including volunteers from the Saguache County Democratic and Republican parties, as well as independent voters — will conduct the verification process beginning Monday at the Saguache Community Center. Three races will be reviewed: clerk and recorder, county commissioner and the University of Colorado Board of Regents race. The public and media will be allowed to observe, and the entire process will be videotaped.
The 2010 election came under intense scrutiny after a “retabulation” of the ballots shortly after Election Day flipped the preliminary results of a county commissioner seat and the clerk and recorder race — leading to the re-election of the clerk who oversaw the election.
Multiple complaints filed with the Secretary of State led to a review by that office, as well as a grand jury investigation. The grand jury found no criminal wrongdoing.