Election totals change, slightly (8-16-06)

Canvass board validates GOP primary

Three measly votes.

That's the difference between the totals released following the Republican primary election Aug. 8 and the figures finalized Tuesday afternoon by Moffat County's bi-partisan canvass board for two high-profile county races.

The board began its work validating the election outcomes at 2 p.m. Monday and finished around 4:30 p.m. Tuesday. The additional votes found in the canvass were from provisional ballots.

The score may have changed slightly, but the outcome remained the same in races for Moffat County Sheriff and the District 3 seat for Moffat County Commissioner, according to its findings.

The winning margin was increased for Republican and former commissioner Tom Mathers, who earned two additional votes, bringing his total to 1,067 total. His next closest challenger, local real estate agent Vicki Burns, earned one additional vote, raising her total to 210.

Mathers, a local business owner, cruises into the November general election unopposed.

Totals in the race for sheriff, a contest that was between two colleagues at the Moffat County Sheriff's Office, Sgt. Tim Jantz and Undersheriff Jerry Hoberg, were also adjusted by three votes.

Jantz won the nomination by earning 1,256 votes. His total did not change, while Hoberg's was boosted by three, bringing it to 889.

Jantz will face Independent Vic Alton (see related story, this page) in the general election.

Election official Lila Herod said the final vote totals will be mailed to the Colorado Secretary of State's Office today.

The canvass board, comprised of Republican Corrie Scott and Democrat Liane Davis-Kling, validates the total by reviewing ballots and verifying totals by hand and using a machine counter.

The general election is Nov. 7.

According to the Moffat County Clerk and Recorder's Office, no one has filed as a write-in candidate. Anyone wishing to run in November as a write-in has until Aug. 29 to file an affidavit with the Clerk and Recorder's Office in the Moffat County Courthouse, 221 W. Victory Way.

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