ALAMOSA — After waiting eight days to collect lagging votes, the new unofficial count for Alamosa City Councilor Ward 2 is 335 votes for incumbent Kristina Daniel and 336 for David Broyles. The one-vote difference forces an automatic recount that is scheduled for Nov. 28.
On Election Day there was only an eight-vote differential between Daniel and Broyles, with 327 and 335 votes respectively. However, there is an eight-day period to allow for military and overseas ballots to arrive along with signature discrepancies to be fixed. Those remaining ballots were counted Thursday morning along with 25 randomly withheld ballots.
"We randomly pick 25 ballots and keep those out to run through with the ballots that come in eight days after," said Alamosa County Clerk and Recorder Melanie Woodward during the Alamosa County Commissioners meeting on Wednesday. "So if only one military ballot comes in or one person comes in, we'll at least have the 25 to run through with that one for voter privacy."
Woodward said Thursday morning that the recount will focus only on the Ward 2 race and reprogramming the election equipment to do so is partly why it won't happen until Nov. 28. Whatever the results of the recount are will be official. For instance, if Daniel comes out one vote ahead there will not be another recount. Lots will be drawn if the new count results in a tie.