Though full election results were initially expected Tuesday night, the Waldo Canyon fire has forced the El Paso County Clerk's office to push complete ballot counting to Wednesday, and final results will be available as soon as the clerk's office can tally them.
In a press release, Alissa Vander Veen, spokeswoman for the El Paso County Clerk and Recorder, wrote that the office was suspending ballot counting "for the safety of election workers," due to heavy smoke at the clerk's main office on West Garden of the Gods Road. She said no vote is in danger, and said they were only delaying counting to ensure the safety of county employees.
At 7 p.m., the clerk's office will release results of ballots counted through 5 p.m. Monday, and a "follow-up release of information" will be published at 7:30 p.m. As previously established, any ballot received after 7 p.m. Tuesday evening will not be counted.
Ballots will be tallied Wednesday "providing that circumstances allow processing to continue," she said.
Also, the clerk's office announced it has moved ballot collection operations to inside the buildings, from outside where voters had been dropping them off.
Instead of just driving by and handing ballots to election workers, voters must park and walk into the clerk's offices to return their ballots.
Polls close at 7 p.m. Tuesday.
Those locations include the clerk's central office at 1675 W. Garden of the Gods Rd., the north office at 8830 N. Union Blvd., the southeast location at 5650 Industrial Place, and the downtown office at 200 S. Cascade.
The other three drop-off locations have not changed. They include 3275 Akers Dr. to the east, the Fountain City Hall at 116 S. Main St., and the city clerk's office in Palmer Lake at 42 Valley Crescent.