Denver Dems Call For Polls To Stay Open

Denver (AP) -- Colorado Democratic Party officials say they'll ask a state judge to keep Denver polling places open for two extra hours today. Computer glitches are also causing problems around the state, including Montrose.

Party officials say computer problems are forcing some voters to
wait up to two hours while others are being turned away.

State Democratic Party Chairwoman Pat Waak says the request for
extended hours would probably be limited to Denver.

A court filing said the Denver city attorney supports the
request.

A Republican Party Spokesman says the GOP would oppose it.

Long lines outside of some polling places around Denver, as well as other parts of Colorado, including the Western Slope, are being caused by scattered computer problems and the longest ballot in decades.

Denver Election Commission Spokesman Alton Dillard says power
failures at some locations are causing the congestion.

Dillard also says voting machines are not affected because they have
backup power, but laptop computers that are being used to verify
voter registration are knocked out and workers instead are calling the central office for the information.


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