Broomfield fracking ban recount shows measure passed by 20 votes; Lawsuit filed against city

BROOMFIELD, Colo. - A recount shows voters in Broomfield narrowly approved a five-year moratorium on fracking, but opponents are challenging the vote-counting process and some voters' eligibility has been questioned.

The city of Broomfield's election website shows an unofficial recount of 10,361 votes for the ban, and 10,341 votes against the ban. The tally after the Nov. 5 election showed the measure had lost by 13 votes, but when officials counted the military, overseas or provisional ballots, the measure had passed by 17 votes, close enough to trigger a mandatory recount.

The Boulder Daily Camera reports that opponents filed a lawsuit Tuesday alleging elections officials didn't give their representatives access to monitor the recount. Broomfield officials deny the claim.

Officials say the eligibility of up to 18 ballots has been questioned. They say a full review will be completed this week.

Question 300 is an amendment to the Broomfield Home Rule Charter to prohibit, for five years, the use of hydraulic fracturing in oil and gas extractions and prohibit the disposal or open pit storage of solid or liquid wastes connected to hydraulic fracturing.

Voter turnout in Broomfield was nearly 60 percent.

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