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November 15, 2017

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Mircalla Wozniak, Communications Specialist, 303.413.7766

Boulder County’s Election Audit Open to Public

Audit to check election outcomes from the 2017 Coordinated Election

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Elections Division Press Release

November 15, 2017

Media Contact: Mircalla Wozniak, Communications Specialist, 303-413-7766

Audit to check election outcomes from the 2017 Coordinated Election

Boulder County, Colo.The public is invited to observe the Boulder County Election Division’s 2017 Coordinated Election risk-limiting audit (RLA) beginning on Friday afternoon and continuing into Saturday.

Boulder County was the first county in the nation to conduct a version of a risk-limiting audit back in 2009 and led the legislative initiative to require Colorado counties to perform risk-limiting audits beginning this year.

Colorado is the first state now implementing a statewide risk-limiting audit in the nation. While Boulder County and all Colorado counties have always conducted post-election audits, a risk-limiting audit is considered the “gold standard” test of election results.

What: Boulder County Risk-Limiting Audit

When: Starts Friday, November 17 in the afternoon (see detailed schedule below)

Where: 1750 33rd Street in Boulder – Ballot Processing Center (check in at Elections Office first – Suite 200)

The risk-limiting audit is a post-election quality assurance test that ensures the accuracy of election results and provides citizens with evidence that election outcomes reflect the votes cast. To ensure tabulation was accurate, the process reviews how a ballot’s votes were captured at the time it was processed by comparing a sample of paper ballots with digital tallies. To learn more about risk-limiting audits, see this Secretary of State’s fact sheet on the RLA.

The software that facilitates the risk-limiting audit at the state level is open source, meaning anyone can examine the code themselves and other states are welcome to learn from or build upon it.

Members of the public can observe the risk-limiting audit process along with the canvass and audit board members (the canvass board is the group of individuals who sign-off on the election) at the Boulder County Ballot Processing Center, 1750 33rd Street in Boulder. Here is the schedule of activities:

Date Time Activity
November 17 – Friday 1:30 – 2:30 pm Canvass/Audit Board Kick-Off Meeting
November 17 – Friday 2:30 – 4:30 pm Audit Board to witness the ballot pull for Risk Limiting Audit and start the RLA, if time permits
November 18 – Saturday 9:30 am until done Continue with conducting the Risk Limiting Audit, if necessary
November 21 – Tuesday 1:30 – 4:30 pm Canvass/Audit Board Meeting (final information review and sign-off)

Complete risk-limiting audit details and data will be available at on the Secretary of State’s Audit Center after the audit is complete.

The Boulder County Elections Division expects to post complete and official election results and related documentation on Wednesday, November 23 on our website,