Lauren Boebert Could Lose Lead If Voters Fix Ballots That Were Originally Rejected For Signature Issues

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Brianna Lyman News and Commentary Writer
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Republican Colorado Rep. Lauren Boebert could lose her narrow lead over her Democratic challenger if voters whose ballots were rejected for signature issues get the opportunity to cure them.

As of Monday, Boebert leads Adam Frisch with 50.1% of the vote (162,040) while Frisch has 49.8% (160,918 votes). The race will get a recount if the margin between the two candidates is less than or equal to 0.5 percent of the leading candidates total vote count, according to Newsweek. The current gap is 0.38%.

While Boebert currently leads, Frisch could still have a chance as thousands of ballots in the state are rejected for signature-related issues such as missing signatures or a discrepancy, according to Newsweek. Officials alert voters to the issues and give them one week to fix the error. While it’s not entirely clear how many ballots were rejected this election cycle for signature-related issues, Democrats tend to use mail-in ballots more than Republicans. (RELATED: Rep. Boebert Promises CPAC: Democrats ‘Will Pay The Price For Silencing Americans’)

During the 2020 election cycle, 21,838 ballots were rejected for signature issues, according to Newsweek, which cited the Secretary of State’s office. It is unclear how many of those ballots were then cured and counted toward the final tally.

Voters have until Wednesday to cure their ballots, according to the Colorado Sun. In Pueblo County, the 3rd District’s most heavily populated county, officials said fewer than 500 ballots have been cured.