Nov 17, 2010 8:39 PM by Zach Thaxton
More than two weeks after the polls closed on November 2, the 2010 midterm General Election in El Paso County is finally official and there will be no recounts of races that were too close to call.
According to the El Paso County Elections web site maintained by the Clerk and Recorder's office, results are now final and official after counting of more than 5,000 provisional ballots.
Two races that were deemed too close to call on election night have been settled now that provisional ballots are factored into the final tally. The race for State Senate District 11 between incumbent Democrat John Morse and Republican Owen Hill widened to 340 votes in the final tally, outside the one-half of one percent threshold that would trigger an automatic recount. El Paso County Question 1A regarding a ban on medical marijuana dispensaries in unincorporated areas of the county also widened in the final tally to a difference of 892 votes in favor of rejecting the measure.
El Paso County commissioners referred Question 1A to the ballot. Commissioner Sallie Clark tells News First 5 the county will not seek a recount. "As we're looking at the 900-vote difference or s0, we really don't think that there would be any difference even if there was a recount, and it would just be an extra expense to the taxpayer," Clark said. Michael Elliott, spokesperson for the "No on 1A" campaign says he's relieved there will not be a recount. "We all realize that a recount probably wouldn't change things very much," Elliott said. "There's only been recounts a couple of times in the last ten years or so and they've changed the final number by 2 or 3 votes."