Sec of State-CO

About a dozen police officers helped sort through ballots today as the Denver Election Commission tried to finish counting votes to settle the secretary of state's race.

Commission spokesman Alton Dillard says employees -- aided by the officers -- will keep plugging away at recording the roughly 20-thousand absentee ballots left.

But he thinks it's likely they won't finish until tomorrow.

Another three-thousand provisional ballots won't be counted until Monday. Provisional ballots are usually cast by voters whose eligibility is in question.

Problems with computers Denver election officials use to check voters' registration and addresses led to waits of up to three hours in some places on Tuesday.

An unknown number of voters gave up.

Then one of two scanners used to count absentee ballots broke down.

The commission now has three scanners.

The holdup in Denver and a few other counties has kept the outcome of the secretary of state's race in limbo.

Republican Mike Coffman was leading over Democrat Ken Gordon by this afternoon.

Also undecided are a tax increase on the Denver ballot to fund preschool and an at-large seat for the University of Colorado Board of Regents.


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