John Morse lost by a tiny fraction.
The final results are in for the recall election of Senate President John Morse — and it was a squeaker.
With additional ballots counted, it turns out that Morse lost by just 319 votes.
Clerk and Recorder Announces Final Senate District 11 Recall Results
[Colorado Springs, Colo. – September 20, 2013]
With the deadline for receiving military and overseas ballots passed, all possible remaining legal votes in the Senate District 11 Recall Election have been collected and tabulated. The El Paso County Clerk and Recorder’s Office announces the official final result of the election as follows:
The final results include an additional 76 ballots from military and overseas voters and 22 polling place provisional ballots that were counted after signatures were verified. The official results were certified by a bi-partisan Canvas Board consisting of representatives from the Democratic and Republican Party.
The new results also detail how write-in votes were cast. Libertarian candidate Jan Brooks was the only official write-in candidate. Brooks received 12.6% (226 out of 1,796) of the cast write-in votes. Votes for other individuals who did not register could not be legally counted. Examples of these invalid write-in votes range from votes cast for current and former local elected officials to fictitious characters like Harry Potter.
The above official results have been certified by El Paso County Clerk and Recorder Wayne Williams, and will be certified by Colorado Secretary of State Scott Gessler. Following the certifications the results will be transmitted to the Colorado State Senate, which will be responsible for coordinating the transfer of the Senate seat and oath of office being administered to Senator-elect Bernie Herpin on October 3, 2013.
“This office worked hard to ensure that the voters of Senate District 11 had the opportunity to express their will through the democratic election process,” stated Clerk and Recorder Wayne Williams. “Despite seven different sets of procedures, we had more residents of Senate District 11 vote in this recall election than voted in the November 2011 election. We worked hard to make voting accessible, and every voter was within seven minutes of a voting site. For most of the 49 hours of voting, walk-up voting was available at all of the seven sites,” Williams said.
Williams noted that the election was successful based on the efforts of many individuals. “I would like to thank my staff, the Election Judges, and the staff members from Arapahoe, Douglas, and Denver counties and the Secretary of State’s Office who helped ensure this election went smoothly despite the many changes to election procedures,” he stated. “Most importantly, I want to thank the citizens of Senate District 11 for their understanding during the preparations for the election, and the members of the media that helped our office provide the community with the most up-to-date information about the election. Finally, I would like to express my appreciation to the many groups and organizations that engaged my office with a dialogue that helped us conduct this election in a way we can all be proud.”