Colorado Springs mayoral candidate Sallie Clark considering recount

Colorado Springs Senior Advisor on Military and Government Affairs, Sallie Clark

Update Thursday, April 13:

The city clerk's office certified the April 4 election today. After counting the military, overseas and cured ballots, the results remain largely unchanged. The count between second place Wayne Williams and third place Sallie Clark is tighter, but not by much. More than 1500 votes still separate the two.

In an email today, Clark officially conceded, thanked her supporters and voters, and those who helped her campaign.

Colorado Springs mayoral candidate Sallie Clark is considering requesting a recount of Tuesday's election results. 

The unofficial tally from the city clerk's office puts Clark in third place behind Wayne Williams and Yemi Mobolade. Since no single candidate received more than 50 percent of the vote, the city is expecting to hold a runoff election in May with the top two candidates.

While Mobolade received 29.80 percent of the vote compared to Williams' 19.23 percent and Clark's 17.81 percent, the difference between Williams and Clark amounts to 1,546 votes.

Overseas and military ballots are not due into the clerk's office until Wednesday afternoon. Other ballots that may be missing signatures or have other issues could also be cured. The election will not be certified until Friday, April 14.

On Thursday, Clark told KRCC that she was waiting to see if those military and overseas ballots could make a difference, as well as waiting for clarification on recount rules. At the time, she said she would not ask for a recount if one was not automatically triggered.

An automatic recount would only occur if there is a difference of one-half of one percent between two candidates. A candidate could request a recount otherwise, but that candidate would be responsible for the costs.

A day later, Clark emailed a letter to the city clerk asking what the cost of a recount might be and what that process would look like.

As of the last results posted by the city, nearly 110,000 ballots were cast on Election Day, for a total voter turnout of 35.15 percent. Clark was among 12 candidates vying for a chance to become the city's next mayor.

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