Broomfield fracking ban: Closing arguments set for Tuesday in lawsuit challenging election results

BROOMFIELD, Colo. - Lawyers are expected to make closing arguments in a lawsuit challenging an election that narrowly approved a 5-year-ban on fracking in Broomfield.

A trial on the lawsuit began Monday and is expected to conclude Tuesday.

Unofficial results from the Nov. 5 election indicated the ban failed by 13 votes, but a recount showed it passed by 20 votes out of more than 20,000 votes cast.

Questions were raised about possibly ineligible voters and uncounted ballots. Election monitors complained they weren't given adequate access to the counting process.

Opponents of the ban filed the lawsuit challenging the results.

Even if the judge invalidates the results, it's not clear whether he could order another election. Attorneys on both sides say it's uncertain if the law gives the courts that authority.

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