2021 Coordinated Election
- Summit County Results
- Statewide Results
- Important Dates
- How to Cast Your Vote
- Sample Ballots & Notices
- Register/Update Your Record
- Notice of Election
- Logic & Accuracy Testing
- Post-Election Events
IMPORTANT DATES - 2021 COORDINATED ELECTION IN SUMMIT COUNTY, COLORADO
Skip the Lines! Vote Early & Vote by Mail
There are many ways to return your Mail Ballot. Once you've voted, placed your ballot into the secrecy sleeve that is provided to you within your ballot packet, seal the secrecy sleeve (that now contains the voted ballot) inside the return envelope. Then sign the back of your return envelope and you're ready to return your ballot.
- Affix postage to return envelope and place your ballot in the mail
- Drop off your ballot at any Summit County 24-hour ballot drop box (5 locations in Summit County, listed below)
- Drop off your ballot at the Old County Courthouse in Breckenridge during business hours prior to and on Election Day
- Drop off your ballot to any Summit County VSPC on Election Day from 7:00am-7:00pm
24-HOUR BALLOT DROP BOXES
24-hour Ballot Drop Boxes will be opened the week of October 11, 2021 and closed at 7:00PM on Election Day (Tuesday, November 2, 2021)
- SILVERTHORNE: Summit County North Branch Library: 651 Center Circle
- FRISCO: Summit County Commons: 0037 Peak One Drive
- FRISCO: Town Hall: 1 Main Street
- BRECKENRIDGE: Summit County Historic Courthouse: 208 East Lincoln Avenue
- DILLON: Town Hall: 275 Lake Dillon Drive
COUNTY CLERK'S OFFICE BALLOT DROP-OFF (NOT A POLLING CENTER)
Clerk & Recorder's Office | Old County Courthouse - Main Floor located at 208 East Lincoln Avenue Breckenridge, CO 80424
Week of October 25 through Election Day (Tuesday, November 2, 2021)
8:00am - 5:00pm (regular business hours)
VOTER SERVICE POLLING CENTER ELECTION DAY DROP OFF
Didn't get to the Post Office or one of the 24-hour drop boxes? Absolutely must have that "I Voted" sticker to wear all day? On Election Day, swing by whichever Summit County Voter Service Polling Center is convenient for you with your Summit County ballot. VSPCs are open between 7:00AM and 7:00PM on Election Day.
EARLY IN-PERSON VOTING
Didn't receive your Mail Ballot? New to Colorado? You can register to vote, update an existing voter record and cast your vote at a Voter Service Polling Center before Election Day. Note: you do not need to vote at the nearest polling center to your residence, but voters are required to vote within the COUNTY they reside in. The only location available for Early Voting is the Breckenridge VSPC, located at the South Branch Library at 103 South Harris Street in Breckenridge, CO 80424.
The Early Voting Voter Service Polling Center in Breckenridge will be open the following dates/times:
- Monday, October 25 through Friday, October 29, 2021 8:00am-5:00pm
- Saturday Early Voting Day: October 30, 2021 8:00am-12:00pm (4 hours)
- Monday, November 1, 2021 between 8:00am-5:00pm
- Early voting is not available Sunday, October 31, 2021
ELECTION DAY IN-PERSON VOTING
Didn't receive your Mail Ballot?
Register to Vote, Update an Existing Voter Record, and Vote on Election Day at the below listed Voter Service Polling Center locations in Summit County. Note: you do not need to vote at the nearest polling center to your residence, but voters are required to vote within the COUNTY they reside in.
Election Day for the 2021 Coordinated is Tuesday, November 2, 2021
Summit County Voter Service Polling Centers (3) will be open from 7:00am to 7:00pm on Election Day
Voter Service Polling Center (VSPC) Locations open on Election Day:
BRECKENRIDGE: SOUTH BRANCH LIBRARY
103 SOUTH HARRIS STREET
FRISCO: COMMUNITY & SENIOR CENTER
83 NANCY'S PLACE
SILVERTHORNE: SILVERTHORNE PAVILION
400 BLUE RIVER PARKWAY
Sample Ballots (Boletas Muestras)
Sample Ballot Style: 1SC (For eligible electors in Summit County registered in the Summit County School District RE-1 and outside of the Summit Fire & EMS District boundaries)
Boleta Muestra Estilo: 1SC en Español
Sample Ballot Style: 2EMS (For eligible electors in Summit County registered in the Summit County School District RE-1 and within the Summit Fire & EMS District boundaries)
Boleta Muestra Estilo: 2EMS en Español
Sample Ballot Style: 3WG (For eligible electors in Summit County registered inside the West Grand School District - #1Jt.)
Boleta Muestra Estilo: 3WG en Español
Sample Ballot Style: EMS Property Owners registered in Colorado who own property within the boundaries of the Summit Fire & EMS District)
Check out your specific sample ballot by looking up your voter record at: www.GoVoteColorado.gov
Blue Books (Statewide Content)
Blue Books are mailed to all households in Colorado tied to a Registered Voter. They do not contain County and Local content, only Statewide ballot content.
TABOR Notice (Summit County TABOR Content)
TABOR Notices are mailed out the first week of October to all households tied to a Registered Voter in Summit County. They contain County and Local content that falls under TABOR.
2021 Summit County TABOR Notice - Formatted for Printing/Folding in Half (Mailed Version)
2021 Summit County TABOR Notice - Formatted for Full-Page Printing
REGISTER TO VOTE ONLINE THROUGH THE COLORADO SECRETARY OF STATE
Register to vote -or- view or update your existing record online: Secretary of State's website.
In order to register to vote, you must be:
- United States Citizen
- 18 years or older on or before election day
- Completed and signed form (form not required if Registering online at www.GoVoteColorado.gov)
- Colorado resident for at least 22 days before the election
REGISTER/UPDATE YOUR RECORD WITH A PAPER FORM
WITHDRAWAL/CANCELLATION OF REGISTRATION
The Summit County Logic & Accuracy Test, testing the fleet of voting equipment for the 2021 Coordinated Election was successful and without discrepancy.
Q1. What is a risk-limiting audit?
A1. A risk-limiting audit is a post-election audit that gives a statistical level of confidence that the outcome of an election is correct. In other words, after performing a risk-limiting audit, we can say that there is a high probability that the reported winners accurately reflect how voters marked their ballots. This video, created by the Colorado Secretary of State in 2018, showcases the Risk-Limiting Audit process in Colorado.
Q2. What is the risk-limit?
A2. The risk-limit tells us the probability that the audit would correct a wrong outcome. For example, an audit with a 5% risk-limit means that if an election has the incorrect reported outcome, on average 95 times out of 100 the audit would catch that incorrect outcome and correct it. If the reported outcome of the election is correct, then the audit offers a very strong level of evidence of that outcome. Colorado began RLAs with a 9% risk-limit in comparison audits, and has reduced that number to 3% as counties got more comfortable performing the audit. Technical information on audit can be found on the Colorado Secretary of State's risk-limiting audit resources page.
Q3. What kind of risk-limiting audits are there?
A3. In Colorado, all counties participating in the audit conduct comparison audits. Historically, some counties with voting systems incapable of exporting a cast vote record conducted a second type of RLA called a ballot polling audit. Any county that hand counts all of their ballots instead of using a voting system to tabulate does not participate in the RLA because it is an audit of the voting system.
Q4. How does Colorado perform the audit?
A4. During a comparison audit, counties are given a list of specific ballots to examine and then replicate the voter markings in an open source software application created by the Colorado Department of State specifically to facilitate the audit. Further details about the audit can be found in the next few questions.
Q5. How are the ballots to audit chosen?
A5. Each county creates a ballot manifest that describes how many ballot cards have been counted, in terms of batches and the number of ballots in each batch. A pseudo-random number generator with a random seed, generated by rolling 20 ten-sided dice during a public meeting, is used by the audit software to randomly select ballots from the ballot manifests. Since the audit is based on statistical confidence, the number of ballots that are chosen to audit is based on the margin of the race that is targeted. The closer the margin, the more ballots are audited to confirm the outcome.
Q6. What are target contests?
A6. Since the number of ballots chosen to audit in a contest is based on the margin of victory in a race, to perform a risk-limiting audit the auditor needs to designate what races will be used to drive the audit. The Secretary of State chooses the races to target (at least one in each county and one across the whole state) by the Friday after an election. The results of the audit in these targeted contests also determine if counties must do more than one round of auditing. However, even though targeted contests drive the audit, audit boards examine and reproduce voter markings in all of the contests on the ballot and staff at the Department of State look at all choices to make sure nothing unexpected is occurring.
Q7. What occurs during the audit?
A7. Bipartisan audit boards examine the ballots selected by the audit software and reproduce the voter markings in the software. If all of the markings in the targeted contest match between what the audit board reports and what the voting system recorded, the audit has gathered enough evidence to say with a high level of statistical confidence (based on the risk limit) that the reported outcome of the targeted race (what the voting system reported) match how the voters actually marked their ballots.
Q8. What if there isn’t a match?
A8. If there isn’t a match it’s called a discrepancy. There are two types of discrepancies: overstatements and understatements. Understatements happen when the audit board reports a vote for the reported winner of a contest that wasn’t originally tabulated for the winner. This further confirms the reported results so there is no increase in ballots needed to be examined. An overstatement happens when the audit board reports a vote for the loser of a contest that wasn’t originally tabulated for the loser. This makes the margin between the winner and loser smaller than what was originally reported, so the audit may require the county to audit additional ballots to gather more evidence. Counties may be required to continue doing additional rounds of auditing if discrepancies continue to be reported.
Q9. Why do discrepancies happen?
A9. There are many reasons that discrepancies may occur. The most common reason is that the audit board retrieved a different ballot than the one required by the software, and therefore reported the wrong voter choices. Another common reason for a discrepancy is that the audit board made a mistake when inputting the voter choices into the software. In addition to these two common discrepancy types there are other less common reasons. Each audit, staff in the Colorado Department of State examine all of the discrepancies reported during the audit, whether overstatements or understatements, or whether they are in targeted or non-targeted contests, to determine the probable cause of the discrepancy. Since the 2020 State Primary a report has been posted to the Audit Center on the Secretary of State’s website that explains the cause of each discrepancy. From audits before the 2020 State Primary all data from each audit has been posted in full as well.
There have not been any cases since Colorado began doing risk-limiting audits where a discrepancy was the product of the voting system switching voters or otherwise not working as intended.
Q10. Why do some counties have to audit more ballots in subsequent rounds if their audit boards didn’t report any discrepancies in a target contest?
A10. There are two type of target contests: county and state. County contests are targeted contests that are wholly contained in one county—the evidence gathered for the contest is done on ballots cast within the county only. If discrepancies are reported in this kind of targeted contest that results in more ballots having to be audited, the additional ballots are only selected from ballots cast in that county. State contests are multi-jurisdictional, meaning they take place across more than one county (typically the whole state). Since the evidence of the audit is being gathered in all the participating counties together, if a discrepancy is reported in a state targeted contest that results in more ballots having to be audited, all of the counties that share that race will have a chance of having additional ballots selected to audit.
Q11. What is the difference between a ballot and a ballot card?
A11. A ballot card is a page of the ballot that has two sides. A ballot may consist of one, two, or more ballot cards. For the RLA this is an important distinction because the cast vote record file will have a separate record for each ballot card, not one record for each set of ballot cards. Therefore, the number of ballot cards can be much greater than the number of ballots cast in a county.
Q12. Why does Colorado conduct a risk-limiting audit?
A12. In 2009, the Colorado General Assembly began the process of requiring the implementation of risk-limiting audits by enacting 1-7-515, C.R.S. The first audit was delayed a few years as technology caught up to the task. In the 2017 Coordinated Election, all of the counties that use machines to tally votes performed the first statewide risk-limiting audit. Risk- limiting audits are considered by election experts to be the highest standard post-election audits.
Q13. How can I get involved with the audit?
A13. Since the audit is performed at the county level, you can contact your County Clerk and Recorder's office to get involved in the next audit. If you're interested in reports from former audits, you can go to the Secretary of State's audit center.
The Canvass of an Election in Colorado is the accounting of an Election after all eligible and timely ballots are counted and tabulated. This number of ballots cast is compared to the recorded number of registered voters who were checked in as having cast a ballot. All major political parties attend the Canvass after the Election to make inquiries, be in receipt of the Canvass Report from the Clerk & Recorder as the Designated Election Official. Once satisfied, the Canvass Board signs the Canvass signature sheet and the Clerk & Recorder moves to Certify the election results as Official, and issues Certificates of Election to successful candidates and coordinating entities. Official, certified results are transmitted by the County Clerk & Recorder to the Secretary of State by the Statutory deadline after each election.