Judge upholds vote that OK'd Broomfield county fracking ban

BROOMFIELD, Colo. - A judge has upheld the results of a bitterly disputed election in the city and county of Broomfield that narrowly approved a five-year ban on fracking.

The Boulder Daily Camera reports the judge ruled Thursday the November election had problems but it wasn't illegal.

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, and election monitors complained they weren't given adequate access to the counting process.

The Broomfield Balanced Energy Coalition and a member of It's Our Broomfield, Too -- groups that oppose the ban -- filed the lawsuit.

The Balanced Energy Coalition issued a statement saying it was disappointed by the ruling. It didn't say whether an appeal was planned.

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