How would a vote recount work in Colorado?

Next- Election Night

Poll averages in Colorado for the Presidential race and the U.S. Senate race do not suggest photo finishes.

But some race, somewhere in this state, will go down to the wire, so it's worth knowing the recount rules.

Let's get nerdy for a moment...

Colorado is one of 27 states with a law that automatically triggers a recount, but Colorado is kind of weird in the way we do it.

We had to be different.

This formula focuses on the winner, more than the total amount of votes cast. An automatic recount is triggered when the difference between the two candidates is half of a percent of the amount of votes cast for the winning candidate.

If you're like me and struggle with math, let's make it easy on you:

Say 400 people voted for candidate A.

And 398 people voted for Candidate B.

The difference is 2, which is half of one percent of Candidate A's 400 total votes.

Got us? Sounds like a word problem in grade school. We always hated those.

When a person or party requests a recount, they usually pay a deposit or an estimated total for the recount up front. If the recount changes the outcome of the election, they get the money back. 

If a candidate wants a recall, they have to pay for it, and they have to come up with the cash up front to pay the estimated cost.

Our country's most famous recount? Of course Bush and Gore in 2000. That one went up to the Supreme Court.

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