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1-7-505. Close of polls – count and seals in electronic voting

Overview of Statute

After the polls have closed, the election judges must secure all voting recorders and devices to ensure no further use. In addition, election judges must prepare a report that states the total number of electors who voted, as indicated by the pollbooks, the number of ballots received, the number of unused ballots, and the number of spoiled ballots returned. This report, along with all cast and spoiled ballots, will be transferred to the designated counting judge in a sealed box.[1] A second election judge, different from the judge who delivered the sealed box, must also send a duplicate copy of the report to the designated election official. If the polling location instead uses an electronic voting mechanism that does not require ballots or ballot cards, then election judges must instead prepare the paper tape containing the votes.

[1] For partisan elections, two election judges from different political affiliations, as provided in C.R.S. § 1-6-109.5, must assist in delivering the box.


(1) After the polls have been closed, the election judges shall secure the vote recorders or the voting devices, or both, against further use.

(2) and (3) Repealed.

Source: L. 92: Entire article R&RE, p. 746, § 9, effective January 1, 1993.L. 93: (2) amended, p. 1767, § 9, effective June 6; (2) amended, p. 1421, § 77, effective July 1.L. 98: (2) amended, p. 586, § 26, effective April 30.L. 2013: (2) and (3) amended, (HB 13-1303), ch. 185, p. 722, § 74, effective May 10; L. 2018: (2) and (3) repealed, (SB 18-233), ch. 262, p. 1611, § 21, effective May 29.

Editor’s note: This section is similar to former § 1-7-505 as it existed prior to 1992.

Cross references: In 2013, subsections (2) and (3) were amended by the “Voter Access and Modernized Elections Act”. For the short title and the legislative declaration, see sections 1 and 2 of chapter 185, Session Laws of Colorado 2013.
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A brief statement that fairly and accurately represents the true intent and meaning of the proposed text of the initiative.

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A bound compilation of initiative forms approved by the secretary of state, which shall include pages that contain the warning required by section 1-40-110 (1), the ballot title, the abstract required by section 1-40-110 (3), and a copy of the proposed measure; succeeding pages that contain the warning, the ballot title, and ruled lines numbered consecutively for registered electors’ signatures; and a final page that contains the affidavit required by section 1-40-111 (2). Each section shall be consecutively prenumbered by the petitioner prior to circulation.

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Any election under the “Uniform Election Code of 1992” or the “Colorado Municipal Election Code of 1965”, article 10 of title 31, C.R.S. C.R.S. § 1-7.5-103.