“Every vote counts” is the message I regularly deliver when talking to folks in Colorado. I really mean it—recent elections provide ample evidence. Take Colorado’s November 2017 election for example. That year, 14 contests across the state were so close they were subject to mandatory recounts under Colorado law. After the recounts, the winner’s margin of victory in most of these contests was a handful of votes. Amazingly though, three different contests ended in a tie! Of those, two were candidate races, and election officials chose the eventual winner by drawing names from a hat. The third was a local ballot measure, which failed because the vote remained tied.
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