CASTLE ROCK, Colo. -- A Douglas County election judge has been told he's not welcome back after he allegedly said he destroyed all the Democrat ballots.
The county said someone overheard the judge talking to someone else at a local gym and filed a complaint, along with a photo.
While they have no way of knowing whether he said it or not, the county's director of public affairs said they have a zero tolerance policy, and he's alleged behavior clearly violated the oath each election judge takes.
"The fact that we received a complaint about the behavior of an election judge is enough to call into question that election judge's ability to continue as an election judge in future elections," said Wendy Holmes, the director of public affairs.
Despite the allegations, Douglas County said it knows none of their ballots were destroyed.
"We know that the alleged behavior did not occur because of the precise tracking and auditing process associated with each individual ballot received," said Sheri Davis, Douglas County elections manager. "All received ballots have been accounted for as part of the entire ballot reconciliation process."
Holmes also said each part of the ballot process is also under 24-hour surveillance, which also allows them to go back and review video in question.
"I can't think of a way to do that. There are so many checks and balances, and things are counted at the beginning, the middle, and the end of every process," said Election Coordinator George Laumeyer.
Each ballot is also tracked and reviewed by both a Republican and Democrat judge.
"Had he or anyone in the ballot processing area behaved in ways that are against the law, we would have known about it," said Holmes.
Douglas County would not provide the name of the election judge in question, but stressed each ballot is accounted for.