Colorado is known nationally as a leader in conducting fair, secure, and accurate elections while offering accessible options for everyone who wants to vote. This page provides trusted nonpartisan information about voting security, testing, auditing, and certification processes in Arapahoe County Elections.
Testing and Audits
The Elections Division conducts an audit after each election to compare voting system data to hand-counted paper ballots. This process ensures that results reported to the Secretary of State’s Office database match the results from voters’ paper ballots.
In addition, with the help of bipartisan representatives, our Election Services team tests every piece of ballot counting equipment before every election. This three-step process, known as the Logic and Accuracy Test, ensures all Arapahoe County ballot tabulating equipment counts votes—from every ballot style, in every precinct—accurately.
After every election, representatives from both major political parties in Arapahoe County meet with the Clerk and Recorder and the Deputy Director of Elections to review and certify election results. These Canvass Board members agree that the process was conducted fairly and that results were counted accurately when signing.
You can also view the Unanimous Canvass Board Certification here.
Follow the journey of a Colorado mail ballot, from the time it’s mailed to you to the time it’s received and counted by the Elections Division. Click the link to view this short educational video.
All voting systems in Colorado must be constructed according to strict guidelines to ensure data is recorded accurately and coding is reliable. Follow this link to view the Colorado Secretary of State’s Office trusted build policy.
To ensure the transparency of our elections processes, certified election results and redacted cast vote records are available to the public. Follow these links to view certified results for the 2020 General Election and voter lists.
A mandatory recount occurs when difference between the winning candidate) and the runner-up is less than or equal to 0.5% of the highest votes cast. If more than one person will be elected to office (like two at-large city councilpersons), a recount can be triggered by the difference between the winning candidate with the least votes (lowest winner) and the losing candidate with the most votes (the first runner-up) meeting that 0.5% mark.
The bipartisan Canvass Board repeats all voting systems logic and accuracy testing before any recount and must meet to certify the results after the recount is concluded.
To view the November 2020 bipartisan Canvass Board recount report, click here.
To view a copy of the November 2020 Certification of Recount click here.
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