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Boulder County clerk says she followed the law in election procedures

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BOULDER, Colorado — Boulder County Clerk and Recorder Hillary Hall said she broke no state laws in the way she handled the reception, processing and tallying of voters' 2014 general election ballots as well as the monitoring of those procedures.

The Colorado Secretary of State's Office said Hall failed to follow state law during and after the election.

Republican Scott Gessler said Hall discriminated against Republican election judges by excluding people nominated by the Republican Party. Gessler said she also restricted election-watcher access to secondary signature review for most of the election period and barred some watchers from the vote tabulation area.

Gessler said he's not planning any further investigation.

Hall, who is a Democrat, declined to comment on specific allegations. Hall said she broke no state laws in the way she handled the processing and tallying of voter ballots as well as monitoring those procedures, the Longmont Times-Call reported Saturday (http://tinyurl.com/njrypep ). Hall said she would respond to specific allegations later.

PHOTO: FILE - In this July 10, 2014 file photo, Boulder County Clerk Hillary Hall takes questions during a news conference, at the offices of the Boulder County Clerk and Recorder, in Boulder, Colo. The Colorado Secretary of State's Office says Hall failed to follow state law during the processing of ballots and the tallying of votes in the 2014 general election.  Republican Scott Gessler says Hall discriminated against Republican election judges by excluding people nominated by the Republican Party.   (AP Photo/Brennan Linsley)
FILE - In this July 10, 2014 file photo, Boulder County Clerk Hillary Hall takes questions during a news conference, at the offices of the Boulder County Clerk and Recorder, in Boulder, Colo. The Colorado Secretary of State's Office says Hall failed to follow state law during the processing of ballots and the tallying of votes in the 2014 general election. Republican Scott Gessler says Hall discriminated against Republican election judges by excluding people nominated by the Republican Party. (AP Photo/Brennan Linsley)

Gessler's office said in an official report that the Boulder clerk committed serious and systematic violations of Colorado state law. "These violations involve election judge selection, signature verification procedures and watcher access," the report said.

Hall said that she and her Elections Division staff "followed what we were legally required to do."

Hall and two county Democratic Party appointees to the canvass board were in the minority in last month's 4-3 vote against certification.

Earlier this week, the Secretary of State's Office said in a 12-page written report that Gessler was accepting those non-certified returns, but only as they apply to the federal and state government contests and statewide issues on the general election ballot that are under the secretary of state's control.


Information from: Daily Times-Call, http://timescall.com/

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