Decision 2010

Apr 6, 2011 1:57 PM by Andy Koen

Election results expected this afternoon.

Election workers with the Colorado Springs City Clerk's office began counting approximately 10,000 uncounted ballots at 8:00 a.m. Wednesday.

Clerk Kathryn Young decided to stop counting the ballots at around 9:30 p.m. Tuesday over concerns that election workers were to fatigued and would begin making mistakes.

City spokesperson Sue Skiffington-Blumberg says that voters returned more than 24,000 ballots during the day Tuesday, a much higher amount than what had been anticipated.

Nevertheless, many candidates are wondering why the clerk wouldn't just keep counting until they were finished.

Michael Merrifield, who is in a close contest for the District 3 seat with Lisa Czelatdko says he's frustrated.
"Traditionally the count goes on until you have a result and I have to admit I'm a bit frustrated that we didn't know before the end of the evening last night," Merrifield said.

Skiffington-Blumberg says that Young is ultimately responsible for conducting elections on behalf of the city and must plan appropriately. She says Young halted the count when it seemed that workers were becoming overtired.

"She didn't want accuracy to become a problem, she didn't want mistakes to start being made,"Skiffington-Blumberg said.

The full unofficial results of the election are expected to come out later this afternoon.

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