There hasn’t been an update in Lauren Boebert’s race since last week. Five days to be exact.
Boebert is still ahead by 1,122 and there are said to be upwards of 5,000 votes still remaining to be counted.
So why is this taking so long? Well it turns out that some of these votes are still being ‘cured’, or corrected by voters.
Here’s more from Newsmax:
Votes are still being counted and, in some cases, “cured” – a process by which voters are provided an opportunity to fix ballots initially rejected due to problems (e.g. missing signatures).
Voters have until Wednesday to cure their ballot.
The Washington Examiner reported that county clerks also are waiting to process a small number of ballots, including ones from military and overseas residents, until they can be counted with all the cured ballots.
Political operatives’ estimate as many as 5,000 ballots remain uncounted or in transit.
Officials are awaiting the deadline for ballots to be ‘cured’ at 11:59PM on Wednesday, which means we probably won’t know until Thursday at the very earliest.
So how does this curing process work? I found this in the Denver Gazette:
Both members of a bipartisan team of election judges must decide that a signature does not match the voter’s previous signatures in the state’s system for a ballot not to be counted and to require curing, according to the Secretary of State’s Office. The ballot envelope is not opened until it is cured, so the election judges do not know how the voter voted.
County clerks are required to notify voters if there is a signature discrepancy with their ballot. Clerks will mail an affidavit asking the voter to confirm they signed their ballot to the address the voter is registered at. They will also reach out via email, if there is one on file. County clerks are required notify these voters no later than two days after Election Day, according to the Secretary of State’s Office.
To cure a ballot, voters can return the signed affidavit with a photocopy of an acceptable form of ID electronically or in person at their county clerk’s office.
Voters can also cure a ballot via text through the Secretary of State’s TXT2Cure program. To use the program, voters must text the word “COLORADO” to the number 28683 and click the link sent to them. Next, voters enter their Voter ID number, provide their signature on the screen and submit a photo of an acceptable form of ID.
Now you know why it’s taking so long. Geez.