A judge will now decide the fate of Broomfield’s fiercely scrutinized election and whether to throw out a fracking ban that passed by just 20 votes.
Colorado regulators said Thursday they will consider whether new rules are needed after 13 oil spills were blamed on last September’s flood, but some county officials said the leaks were comparatively small and that the existing rules worked.
Election judges in Broomfield found “spoiled” ballots when they opened a box of ballots found separate from other material from the November election.
As crazy as 2013 was politically in Colorado, with the way things are lining up right now, it may look mild when compared to 2014.
The recount shows Broomfield voters approved a ban on fracking within the city limits for the next five years by 20 votes.
Colorado’s largest oil and gas industry group has filed a lawsuit against two Front Range towns that voted last month to ban hydraulic fracturing, or fracking.
A recount of Broomfield’s vote on whether to ban hydraulic fracturing began Monday amid criticism from Secretary of State Scott Gessler about how the city handled the state’s new voter registration rules.
A new elections law is slowing down the ballot counting process at the Broomfield Clerk’s Office.
Election officials in Broomfield are clearing up questions on uncounted ballots on a fracking measure before wrapping up the extremely close count.
The results of Broomfield’s fracking vote won’t be known until later this month, at the earliest, and will likely be determined by a recount.