Based on five votes, the race for the next District Attorney in the largest judicial district in the state will be subject to a mandatory recount.
John Kellner, a Republican, leads Democrat Amy Padden by 1,433 votes in a race that attracted 573,359 people. But that’s not big enough to avoid a recount required by Colorado law.
State law requires an automatic recount in any race in which the top candidate’s margin is less than or equal to half of 1% of the total votes the candidate received. Under that law, Kellner needed 1,438 more votes than Padden to avoid a mandatory recount – five more votes than his current margin.
The recount starts on Tuesday and, according to the Foreign Minister’s election calendar, must be completed by December 8th.
Kellner claimed victory in a post on his Facebook page on Nov. 14, despite acknowledging the race could still be counted.
“But I have great confidence that the counties of Arapahoe, Douglas, Elbert and Lincoln and their hard work can count every vote and report accurate results,” he wrote. “Now I will focus on serving the people in the 18th Judicial District and protecting our community. Many thanks!”
Padden didn’t concede the race and previously said she would wait for the recount process to finish.
“We have overcome any chances of being at the top in the 46 hours of return and currently only a fraction of a percentage point after winning that historic Republican seat, and we are committed to ensuring that every vote in the recount is accurately counted will, “Padden said in a press release Wednesday.” A mandatory recount (like hardening ballots) is part of this process that lawmakers have put in place in tight races like this to ensure every vote counts. “
The 18th District Attorney’s seat has been held by Republicans since 1969. The borough – which includes the Arapahoe, Douglas, Elbert, and Lincoln boroughs – will be split into two boroughs in 2024. The 18th judicial district becomes entirely Arapahoe County and the other three become the state’s 23rd judicial district.