The vote count in Broomfield

The vote count in Broomfield on Thursday (credit: CBS)

BROOMFIELD, Colo. (AP) — The final but unofficial vote on a proposed five-year fracking ban in the Denver suburb of Broomfield shows the measure passed by 17 votes, close enough to trigger an automatic recount.

The Broomfield Enterprise reports ( ) the recount could occur as soon as Monday.

The initial count after the Nov. 5 election showed the measure failing by 13 votes.

After previously uncounted military, overseas and other ballots were tallied Thursday, the result was 10,350 votes in favor of the ban and 10,333 against.

Voters in three other Front Range cities approved fracking bans on Nov. 5.

Fracking, short for hydraulic fracturing, uses water, sand and chemicals under high pressure to break apart deep rock and recover more oil or gas.

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