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Independent auditor says Morse recall election was clean

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - An independent audit of the Senate District 11 recall election found no signs of fraud or human error.

The results were jointly announced by the El Paso County Clerk and Recorders Office and election auditing agency Clear Ballot, which performed the audit.

Clear Ballot auditors say the ballot count was a 100% match for votes cast at the polls as well as for write-in votes.

Clear Ballot says the vote count was off by 4 votes, which it says is common and does not raise any red flags.

Clerk and Recorder's office spokesperson Ryan Parsell says he's happy about the results and that voters can be confident that the process in place in El Paso County accurately captures the voice of the voters.

Voters in Senate District 11 voted to recall Democrat John Morse in the September 10, 2013 election after he voted in favor of several new gun control laws in Colorado. Morse lost by less than 400 votes.

Bernie Herpin, a Republican and former Colorado Springs city councilman was elected to take Morses seat.

State Senate District 11 encompasses much of central and west-central Colorado Springs.

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