Martin officially declared victor in commish race |

Martin officially declared victor in commish race

Donna GrayGlenwood Springs Correspondent
John Martin has been officially declared the winner in the District 2 race for Garfield County commissioner.

Finally, it’s official. Two weeks to the day after the Nov. 2 general election, John Martin on Tuesday was named the winner over Greg Jeung in the race for the Garfield County commissioner seat in District 2.

The final tally was 9,988 votes for Martin and 9,750 for Jeung, a difference of 238 votes.”It was close,” said Martin, a Republican who has served two terms as county commissioner.

Jeung, a Democrat, was not available for comment at press time.

Martin gained nine votes in the final count. Unofficial voting results, before provisional ballots were counted, showed Martin winning with 50.59 percent of the vote, while Jeung received 49.41 percent, a difference of 229 votes.A recount is automatic if there is a one-half of 1 percent difference in the votes cast for each candidate.

A total of 368 provisional ballots were submitted in Garfield County, said Mildred Alsdorf, county clerk and recorder. However, only 293 were officially counted. The remainder were rejected for a number of reasons, such as the person not being listed as a registered voter in any of the county’s four databases, Alsdorf said.Provisional ballots are given to voters on Election Day for a variety of reasons. For example, if voters show up at the wrong polling place, their names were not listed in the poll books or they moved and did not update their voter registration information.

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