Broomfield begins recount on fracking ban

BROOMFIELD, Colo. - A recount of Broomfield's fracking vote is planned this week amid criticism from Secretary of State Scott Gessler about how the city handled the state's new voter registration law.

The recount is scheduled to start Monday and wrap up Wednesday.

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.

The initial count showed Question 300 failing by 13 votes. After military, overseas and other ballots were included, the tally showed the measure passing by 17 votes, close enough to trigger a recount.

Last week, Gessler said the city counted ballots from people who were ineligible to vote and rejected ballots from legitimate voters.

Voters previously had to live in state for at least 30 days to vote in both statewide and municipal elections, but a new law reduced the residency requirement to 22 days for state votes.

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