Buescher: Tancredo request prompted ballot rush

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

DENVER (AP) - Secretary of State Bernie Buescher says a request from third-party gubernatorial candidate Tom Tancredo for voters to exchange their mail ballot votes for GOP Candidate Dan Maes to provisional ballot votes for him prompted a rush on provisional ballots across the state.

Buescher says County Clerks were handed “tens of thousands” of provisional ballots on Election Day, swamping polling places.

Buescher says a large number of provisional ballots were accepted in Arapahoe, Weld, Douglas and Mesa Counties.

He says Tancredo's request was legal and a “clever strategy,” but he wishes he had been told in advance so clerks could prepare.

County Clerks have until Nov. 25 to verify signatures and count the votes.

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