The El Paso County Office of the Clerk and Recorder announced that its electorate returned more ballots than any county in Colorado for the 2017 Coordinated Election.

The county had a 38.7 percent turnout rate, with 153,597 votes accepted. The active registered voter count, according to the clerk and recorder’s office, was 396,529 as of Nov. 7.

“The county also experienced the highest number of ballots cast in a coordinated election; in 2015, there were 145,760 ballots cast and in 2013 there were 149,267,” according to a news release issued by the county.

“I am proud of our award-winning elections team for once again delivering a secure and transparent election for the citizens of El Paso County,” said Clerk and Recorder Chuck Broerman in the release. “The team put in the time and effort to master the new equipment, and it showed. We are quickly pivoting to meet the statutory requirements for reviewing our results, and we look forward to a seamless audit process.”

According to the county, there are a little more than 1,000 ballots that remain outstanding due to signature discrepancies.

“The voters have up to eight days after the election to ‘cure’ the signatures,” the release states. “The canvass board — made up of a team of bipartisan election judges — will review the total unofficial results next Thursday, which will then kick off the risk limiting audit. The risk limiting audit introduces a new level of confidence testing for election results. Required by Section 1-7-515(2)(a) of the Colorado Revised Statutes, the RLA is coordinated by the Secretary of State’s Office, and provides strong statistical evidence that the election outcome is correct.”

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The county must submit results for the first round of the audit by Nov. 20, and the election will not be certified any earlier than Nov. 22.

“Currently, the margin between two candidates in the Academy School District 20 director race indicates that a recount may be required; the elections department will know after the results are certified. Should a recount be necessary, it must completed by Dec. 7,” according to the release.