El Paso County Commissioner investigating election results after results confusion

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COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo.– A problem with the state’s election reporting system, Election Night Reporting, is being investigated by the Colorado Secretary of State’s office, according to El Paso County Clerk & Recorder Chuck Broerman.

The investigation comes after confusion with the results that were reported in El Paso County. Broerman says, the problem was only with how the results were reported and not into the voting machine or tabulation process.

UPDATE: Clerk Chuck Broerman has issued a statement regarding tonight’s results confusion.

“The El Paso County Elections Department has many safeguards in place to ensure the accuracy and validity of the vote totals when they are reported to the public. While uploading our first results of the evening with the bipartisan canvass board, who are appointed by the two major political parties, we discovered there was an issue with the card cast totals matching the figure that would have been reported by the Colorado Secretary of State’s (SOS) Election Night Reporting system. 

“It is of the utmost importance that any results reported by the El Paso County Clerk and Recorder’s Office are 100% accurate.  The Election staff and bipartisan canvass board reviewed and approved all results by verifying the accuracy twice before publishing.  The delay in results was due to an abundance of caution and we are confident our safeguards work. 

“We look forward to hearing updates from the SOS office after their review to learn what may have transpired with their Election Night Reporting system. We will continue releasing results as the night progresses.”

Additionally, El Paso County Commissioner Holly Williams released a statement about the confusion. Williams, before an investigation was publicly known, called for an investigation into the confusion. Williams has since issued this statement:

“As reported tonight by Clerk and Recorder Chuck Broerman, there was an issue with the Secretary of State’s Election Night Reporting System. I am confident the El Paso County election results are accurate.

Clerk and Recorder Chuck Broerman and his staff have worked tirelessly to ensure safeguards are in place to secure the integrity of the process. Tonight those safeguards worked, and when the Clerk and Recorder’s Office discovered there was an issue with the Colorado Secretary of State’s Election Night Reporting system, they immediately notified the State and took the time to review the results report to ensure its accuracy. 

I want to extend a heartfelt thank you to all the staff and election judges within the Clerk and Recorder’s Office, and I look forward to hearing from the Security of State after reviewing their system.”

UPDATE: The confusion arose regarding the Election Night Reporting system, according to Clerk Chuck Broerman. All results at this time are unofficial, and the Colorado Secretary of State’s Office is still investigating the situation.

This story will be updated as we learn more about this investigation.

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