Summit County clerk details true turnout figures |

Summit County clerk details true turnout figures

The Colorado Secretary of State is reporting that Summit County saw a 61 percent participation rate compared to the number of registered voters in the county, but more accurate numbers at the Summit County Clerk and Recorder's office put that figure just over 50 percent.
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The Summit County Clerk and Recorder’s office is trying to get the Colorado Secretary of State’s office to correct an online database showing 16,784 ballots were cast in Summit County for the 2018 midterm eledctions.

According to the secretary of state’s Election Night Reporting website, Summit County saw a 61 percent turnout rate with 16,784 ballots cast out of 27,112 registered voters in the county. However, workers at the county clerk’s office say those numbers are not accurate.

“(The website) did not correctly calculate the ballots cast total because Summit County has many split precincts,” explained Chief Deputy Clerk Stacey Campbell in an email. “When (the website) sees a precinct ID for the first time, it uses the number on that row to accumulate the total ballots cast — and registered voters. When a split precinct shares the same precinct ID, it only sees a fraction of the numbers.”

As Thursday morning, the clerk’s office had these statistics:

• 18,309 total ballots cast in Summit

• 3,574 ballots cast by property owners who were registered elsewhere in Colorado, as they were eligible to vote on their property’s special district questions in Summit County

• 14,735 ballots cast by mail excluding property owners

• 1,292 ballots cast in person excluding property owners

• 0 ballots cast in person by property owners

• 27,663 registered voters in Summit County

• 20,180 active voters in Summit County.

With that, the turnout among registered voters in Summit County was 53 percent and the turnout among active voters was 73 percent.

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