Will a Recount Decide Lauren Boebert’s Race? It Could Take Weeks to Sort Out.

It could take weeks to settle the electoral fate of one of the most polarizing members of the House: Representative Lauren Boebert of Colorado, a far-right provocateur known for heckling President Biden during his State of the Union speech, carrying a gun on Capitol Hill and her defiance of mask rules.

Ms. Boebert, who is in her first term, was leading her challenger Adam Frisch, a Democrat, by less than 1,200 votes in the state’s Third Congressional District race as of Friday, with 95 percent of the votes counted, according to The Associated Press.

Mr. Frisch, a businessman and former Aspen, Colo., city councilman, had jumped out to an early lead in the seesaw contest, one that has garnered widespread attention.

As votes continue to come in, depending on the margin, it is possible there could be a recount in the race, in western Colorado. In an email on Friday, Annie Orloff, a spokeswoman for the secretary of state in Colorado, said the regular process has to play itself out, however, before a recount could be considered.

First, Colorado gives voters until Nov. 16, in what is known as the cure period, to fix errors or signature discrepancies that could result in their ballot being rejected. That deadline is the same for overseas voters and members of the military to return ballots.

After that, the secretary of state’s office selects at least one statewide contest and at least one contest in each county to audit, based on input from its own staff and from Democratic and Republican county clerks. The secretary of state, Jena Griswold, a Democrat who has tussled with election deniers, was re-elected on Tuesday, according to The Associated Press.

Specific ballots are then chosen randomly to be audited by bipartisan election judges in each county, and those audits must be completed by Nov. 29. Additionally, bipartisan canvass boards made up of two representatives from each major party and the county clerk must then conduct a canvass, comparing the number of ballots cast to the number of people who voted.

Once that process is completed, if the candidates are separated by less than one-half of one percentage point, the secretary of state has until Dec. 5 to order a mandatory recount. The recount must be completed by Dec. 13. Colorado also allows candidates, political parties and other “interested parties” to request a recount, which they would have to fund. Those would need to be completed by Dec. 15.

Sumber: www.nytimes.com

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