Colorado reports brief voting delays after momentary computer problems |

Colorado reports brief voting delays after momentary computer problems

Voters wait in line on Election Day after a state-wide computer system delay at the Denver Elections Division.
Andy Cross, The Denver Post

Colorado’s election system briefly failed shortly before 3 p.m. Tuesday, momentarily crippling voting and forcing a small number of voters to cast provisional ballots.

The voter registration system went down at 2:47 p.m., according to spokeswoman Lynn Bartels, who confirmed the outage at 3:13 p.m. With the system down, county election clerks could not process mail ballots whose signatures had not already verified already or confirm the identity of residents voting in person.

At 3:16 p.m. — 29 minutes later — the system came back online and clerks reported that normal voting resumed. An unknown number of voters cast provisional ballots while others decided to wait for the system to return to working condition. The secretary of state’s office is investigating the problem.

Secretary of State Wayne Williams, however, will not extend voting hours because of the problem. “No one was prevented from voting at that time,” Bartels said. “Nobody was denied anything.”



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