Election 2017: Close counts inspires recounts

Secretary of State Wayne Williams and Adams County Clerk Stan Martin can you tell you that every vote matters. (SOS photo)

Longtime election officials in Adams County can’t remember the last time a contest was so close it required a mandatory recount, so there’s more than just a little surprise that the county must recheck the outcome in five — yes, five– races.

And making the recounts even more unusual is each race is shared with at least one other county and two of those races are tied, said Adams County Clerk Stan Martin.  The recounts in Adams County begin today.

In all, 14 races statewide in the Nov. 7 coordinated election are subject to a mandatory recount and of those six were tied after local canvass boards certified results, underscoring the message Secretary of State Wayne Williams delivers when talking to Coloradans: Every vote counts. Williams was the El Paso County clerk and recorder when two school board races were decided by a single vote, and a municipal tax question failed because it was tied.

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Secretary Williams reaches out to homeless

Colorado Secretary of State Wayne Williams talks to veteran Randall McCoy, who outlined what he thinks can be done to help people like him from becoming homeless, during an event Tuesday in Aurora. (SOS picture)
Colorado Secretary of State Wayne Williams talks to veteran Randall McCoy, who outlined what he thinks can be done to help people like him from becoming homeless. (SOS picture)

Colorado Secretary of State Wayne Williams reminded the homeless Tuesday they have the same right to vote as anyone else.

Williams participated in an event in Aurora organized by several outreach groups designed to tap into the network of homeless people.

“The fact that you have no fixed permanent home has no bearing on your right to vote,” he said, at the event held outside the Martin Luther King Jr. Library.

While Williams was speaking a man chanted “Donald Trump! Donald Trump!”

“You know, the wonderful thing about America is we get to make the decision about who our president is going to be,” Williams responded. “No matter what candidate you support, you have a right to be involved. And you should be involved. Our goal in the Secretary of State’s Office is to make sure you have the opportunity to participate and to make those decisions.”

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