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Colorado voting system temporarily crippled


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(NaturalNews) Electronic balloting systems continued to plague voters throughout Election Day, including an instance in Colorado where the entire system was crippled for nearly a half-hour.

As reported by the Denver Post, the system failed for about 29 minutes shortly before 3 p.m., which delayed balloting and forced a number of voters to cast provisional ballots.

The system crashed around 2:47 pm, said spokeswoman Lynn Bartels, who confirmed the outage at 3:13 p.m. When the system crashed, county election clerks were unable to process mail ballots with signatures that had not yet been verified, nor could they confirm the identity of residents who voted in person.

Many people did not want to take the chance of a provisional ballot

The system came back online at 3:16 p.m., with clerks reporting that normal voting had resumed. It wasn't clear how many voters were forced to cast provisional ballots while other voters decided to wait for the system to come back online.

The Post said that the secretary of state's office was investigating the outage. But Secretary of State Wayne Williams, though, said he would not be extending voting hours because of the outage.

"No one was prevented from voting at that time," Bartels told reporters. "Nobody was denied anything."

Voting officials around the state reported varying lengths of delay, from 10-20 minutes.

In some counties, election officials were told to hand out provisional ballots but many people decided they would rather not take the chance their vote could be lost.

Sources:

DenverPost.com

Clinton.news

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