CO ballot-counters braced for long night

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DENVER (AP) -- Most voters in Colorado cast their ballots before Election Day, but that may not mean an earlier evening for the state's ballot-counters.

Colorado's elections clerks are braced for a tight presidential contest, a long night and even the possibility of recounts for close races.

The Denver Post reports ( ) that some county clerks charged with tabulating the votes have contingency plans to count ballots straight through the night until all are counted.

Others say they're sending employees home around midnight and resuming Wednesday if there are more ballots to count.

Statewide, there are some 6,000 counting judges. They're temporary workers who are paired in bipartisan teams of two.

For a statewide race, a recount is required only when there is roughly a 6,500-vote difference, depending on voter turnout.