Obama, Romney Vote Totals Still Changing

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Technicians stand in front of a large television screen as it displays footage of cookies bearing the image of President Barack Obama prior to an election night rally in Chicago, Illinois, on Nov. 6, 2012.

Six months after the 2012 presidential election, you’d think we’d know for sure how many votes President Barack Obama and Republican challenger Mitt Romney received.

It turns out, though, that exact numbers are still elusive because of late revisions to some statewide vote totals.

Colorado election officials updated their statewide total on May 3 to give Obama one more vote, for 1,323,102 total. During a review of election returns, state election officials discovered that the Saguache County elections office didn’t upload its amended vote totals to a vote-reporting website.

North Dakota’s elections office revised its totals on April 23, according to its website. The revision subtracted 139 votes from Obama and 157 votes from Romney in Walsh County, according to a before-and-after comparison by Political Capital, which sent e-mails to state and county election officials that haven’t yet been returned.

In California, Romney received 4,839,956 votes instead of 4,839,958 as originally reported.  The two-vote change was owed to Calaveras County amending its total, according to a document state election officials released April 10.

New York election officials released an amended vote count on April 9, according to their website. Obama won the state overwhelmingly, and none of the changes in any state affected the outcome.

For those of you keeping score at home, Political Capital’s current tally is 65,910,299 for Obama and 60,932,636 for Romney.

Subject to change, of course.

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