Screen grab of election results website
A screen grab of the Douglas County election results website the afternoon of Nov. 8. Credit: Ellis Arnold

If you’re watching election results and hitting refresh, you may need to wait until the end of the business day for a Douglas County update.

Laura Skirde, an official with the Douglas County elections office, says that’s typical for the county.

“Business as usual,” Skirde said, adding: “We process as many (ballots) as we can on Election Night and do three reports on Election Night.”

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Her office brings the election judges back to work the next day to finish what’s left over, she said.

“So this is our typical workflow,” said Skirde, communications project manager for the Douglas County Clerk and Recorder’s Office.

After a 16-hour pause, the county’s lone update today came around 4:23 p.m.

Officials on Nov. 8 are still processing the last ballots that came in close to the 7 p.m. deadline on Election Night, she said. The office expects to publish its next results update by 5 p.m. Nov. 8, she added.

Douglas County processed the “bulk of ballots” on Election Night, and it’s typical for the county to only publish one update of results the day after, according to Skirde.

“A few thousand” ballots may be counted today, Skirde estimated, but the exact number was unclear.

Nov. 15 is the last day for ballots cast by military and overseas voters to be received by the county clerk in order to be counted, and it’s also the last day for a voter to “cure” a signature discrepancy or missing signature or to provide missing ID, according to the Colorado Secretary of State’s Office.

Typically in that eight-day period after Election Day, the number of ballots Douglas County may receive varies from election to election, Skirde said.

The county had 135,018 ballots tabulated as of the last website update. The website shows the county has 279,100 active voters. Douglas County’s population is estimated at 375,988 as of July 2022, according to the U.S. Census Bureau website.  

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