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Recount likely for Colorado Springs school board race

November 8, 2017 Updated: November 8, 2017 at 5:27 pm
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photo - FILE - In this Jan. 7, 2015 file photo, public school buses are parked in Springfield, Ill. (AP Photo/Seth Perlman, File)
FILE - In this Jan. 7, 2015 file photo, public school buses are parked in Springfield, Ill. (AP Photo/Seth Perlman, File) 

An 18-vote difference between two school board candidates in Academy School District 20 likely will require a recount of ballots that will need to be completed within 30 days of Tuesday's election, as per Colorado law.

But the process won't start until the results are certified - or officially tallied, according to the El Paso County Clerk and Recorder's Office.

That won't be until at least Nov. 22, said Mattie Albert, spokeswoman, after military and overseas ballots are returned and provisional ballots, which are given when there are questions about voters' eligibility, are verified.

More than 1,000 ballots remain outstanding due to signature discrepancies, Albert said. Voters have up to eight days after the election to ensure their signatures are correct.

D-20 will have to pay for a recount, she said.

A recount occurred in El Paso County last year, when a board of county commissioner candidate who lost by 34 votes requested it. The outcome did not change.

Recounts are automatically triggered if the vote margin is one-half of 1 percent of the ballots cast.

No other races or issues in Tuesday's election fall under that rule. Peyton School District 23-JT won a school funding measure by 17 votes, but given the number of voters, it's not few enough to trigger a recount.

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