Long Lines Delay Counts

By: Shannon Brinias Email
By: Shannon Brinias Email
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Long lines at polling places in El Paso County delayed the tally of votes Tuesday. Election results in El Paso County were not released until after 9:30 p.m. Tuesday.

As of 9:30 p.m. Tuesday, all 102 polling places were closed, but that came after a long delay, after four polling locations didn't finish their process by calling the Clerk and Recorder to officially report that they were closed.

After those ballots were cast, the mail-in ballots and early voting ballots began being tallied and released, along with all the ballots collected from people who voted in person Tuesday.

There was a state-wide problem with a voter database known as SCORE, which caused some delays as well. At Centennial Hall in Colorado Springs, there were about 50 people who turned up to get replacement ballots. They had to wait while the information from the database was checked.

Several major Colorado counties resorted to using provisional ballot envelopes because they ran low on signature envelopes for people turning in mail ballots on Tuesday.

The ballots cast as provisional ballots on Tuesday in Adams, Larimer and Arapahoe counties may not be counted for several days until the voter signatures can be verified.

Secretary of State Bernie Buescher said most voters won't be affected.

(The Associated Press contributed content to this story)

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