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Canvass board members withdraw certification

Modified: Wednesday, Nov 24th, 2010

Canvass Board members Lisa Cyriaks, Ed Nielsen, Randal Arredondo, Kathy Kulp and Richard Drake leave the courthouse Friday after a long day trying to canvass votes for the Nov. 2 election.

SAGUACHE — After meeting all day Friday Nov. 19 to audit the contentious Nov. 2 election and signing election certification documents then forwarded to the Secretary of State (SOS), four canvass board members withdrew their signatures on Monday.

Canvass Board members County Clerk Melinda Myers, Democrat Party chair Randal Arredondo, Republican Party chair Richard Drake, representatives Ed Nielsen for the Moffat School District, Kathy Kulp representing the Center School District, Lisa Cyriaks on behalf of the Library District and Scott Alexander standing for the ambulance district all met Friday at the courthouse to audit the Nov. 2 election.

In a letter forwarded to Myers and the SOS Monday, canvass board members stated that, “Certain requests from individuals of the canvass board for information, and access to some paperwork were continuously denied by the county clerk and her staff. This inhibited our ability to complete a substantial audit and provide adequate public oversight. Examples of requests include:

• to examine reports printed directly from the newly purchased M650 tabulating


• to examine and compare reports of results from the Nov. 2 count with

reports from the retabulation conducted Nov. 5,

• to conduct a hand count of at least one of the closely contested races, if not all


• to receive a report of when mail ballots were received anti independently verify

that they were handled properly


“In every instance,” the letter continues, “we were either informed that those reports were not available, that the data from Nov. 2 was no longer available as it had been corrupted, or that we, as a canvass board, did not have the authority to make those requests — including the request for a hand count as was made numerous times. Reports of election results by precinct were not provided to many of the canvass board members until shortly before we convened on Friday, Nov.19, making it virtually impossible to independently assess the outcomes.


“The canvass board was never informed of the additional conditions imposed on the M650 machine by the Secretary of State, nor did we conduct any of the mandatory audits for this machine. Due to the concerns raised about how this entire election cycle has been conducted, these audits seem even more necessary.”


The letter was signed by Drake, Cyriaks, Kulp and Nielsen. It was not known by press time whether or not Alexander also withdrew his signature.

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