Over a week after the 2010 election thousands of uncounted ballots continue to be sorted and verified by county clerks around Colorado. A new analysis confirms that the Colorado State House District 29 race between Democratic Representative Debbie Benefield and Republican Robert Ramirez remains "too close to call."
Analysis of new data shows there are at least 687 uncounted ballots in the district, and only 208 votes separating the candidates. The outcome of the election will remain in doubt until Tuesday of next week.
We believe that the voters will have the final word in this election, as they should. And this election reconfirms that every vote counts. Mail-in ballots continue to be verified as election officials make sure uncounted votes are processed correctly. The data shows that Colorado State House District 29 remains too close to call.
With HD-29 undecided, control of the Colorado State House also remains undecided, with 32 Democrats and 32 Republicans currently awaiting the outcome of the HD-29 race to determine majority control over the chamber.
Some important facts include:
• In the last few days, specific data from Jefferson County shows that there are 464 provisional ballots in the process of being verified that have yet to be counted.
• According to Colorado Secretary of State (SOS) data, currently the statewide average of provisional ballots being verified in the 2010 election is 88%.
• In addition, 223 "curable" mail-in ballots are outstanding in the district--where Jefferson County election officials asked voters to fix minor signature or identification problems before they could be officially counted.
• So far, 24,778 votes have been counted in the race--with at least 687 uncounted ballots.
• State statute mandate the last day for counting provisional and outstanding mail-in ballots is Tuesday, November 16th.
• A statutory recount is triggered if the official tally of votes cast in a race are within 0.5% (one-half of one percent).
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