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Democrats Ask Judge To Extend Denver Poll Hours (Colorado)
CBS 4 Denver ^ | November 7, 2006 | Rick Sallinger

Posted on 11/07/2006 12:10:07 PM PST by beaversmom

Colorado Democratic Party officials said they will ask a state judge to keep Denver polling places open for two extra hours Tuesday night, saying computer problems forced some voters to wait up to two hours while others were turned away.

A court filing said the Denver city attorney supported the request. A Republican Party spokesman said the GOP would oppose it.

GOP spokesman Bryant Adams said an extension was unnecessary because anyone who showed up at a polling place by 7 p.m. would be allowed to vote, no matter how long it took.

Lines of up to 300 people formed at some Denver polling places.

"This is positively ridiculous," said 82-year-old Jack McCroskey, clutching his cane while waiting at the Washington Park polling place in southeast Denver. "At 82, I don't deserve to have to stand out here. What if it had been 10 degrees today?"

Denver Election Commission spokesman Alton Dillard blamed the delays on an power problem with laptop computers used to check voter registrations.

He said some election officials had to call the central election office for the registration information, which he said added "a couple more minutes" to the process. Dillard said voting machines themselves were not affected.

Colorado Democratic Party Chairman Pat Waak said the problem was major. Party spokesman Brian Mason said the laptop computers were not working at least four Denver polling places and probably more.

"Some (voters) were turned away and told to come back later. Others were given provisional ballots, but they ran out," Mason said.

State GOP spokesman Bryant Adams called the request for longer hours "outrageous."

"Absolutely, we're going to oppose the extension," he said. "All a person has to do to vote is to be line by 7 o'clock," he said.

He accused Democrats of trying to win the election in the courts rather than at the ballot box.

Secretary of state spokeswoman Lisa Doran said long lines were reported around the state, which she blamed on the longest ballot in decades -- with 14 proposals -- and new voting machines.

"Despite the training, some of the election judges are intimidated by the machines," she said.

Jon Winterton, 66, who said he had been waiting for an hour and 15 minutes at the Washington Park polling place, didn't mind.

"I love voting. Tonight is like other people's football games. I love watching the returns," he said.

Up to 300 people stood in line at Denver sites. At one, Democratic gubernatorial candidate Bill Ritter waited an hour and 40 minutes to vote.

"It's actually heartening, because if you're standing in line, that means there are people in front of you and in back of you who are all voters. They understand the process is important enough to be patient and wait in line," he said after voting.

A spokesperson for Ritter said after the legal action was announced that there is a reason to be concerned. He added that the party is trying to make sure everyone who wants to vote is physically able to vote. The Ritter campaign said if extending the hours resolves the problem, then great.

Republican Bob Beauprez, who spent months battling Ritter for governor, summed up the election in a single word: Watershed.

The Beauprez campaign said it was still working to determine the facts of what caused the vote delays. They said there was no current evidence that anything outside of the existing rules and law were needed.


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Front Page News; US: Colorado
KEYWORDS: ratsvoteextentions; voterfraud
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1 posted on 11/07/2006 12:10:08 PM PST by beaversmom
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To: beaversmom
DEMOCRATS LIE, CHEAT AND STEAL.

No wonder they disparage our military--not only are they without honor, they loathe those who have it.

I will never vote for a Democrat again, ever.

2 posted on 11/07/2006 12:11:30 PM PST by Darkwolf377 (Republican, atheist, pro-lifer, stranded in Blue Boston)
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To: beaversmom
"...What if it had been 10 degrees today?"

What if an asteroid came down and destroyed the whole state?........

3 posted on 11/07/2006 12:11:36 PM PST by Red Badger (New! HeadOn Hemorrhoid Medication for Liberals!.........Apply directly to forehead.........)
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To: beaversmom

Why is it that it is ALWAYS the DEMOCRATS that ask for extensions of voting hours?? GEEEEZ


4 posted on 11/07/2006 12:12:36 PM PST by stockstrader (“Where government advances–and it advances RELENTLESSLY-freedom is imperiled”-Janice Rogers Br)
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To: beaversmom
GOP spokesman Bryant Adams said an extension was unnecessary because anyone who showed up at a polling place by 7 p.m. would be allowed to vote, no matter how long it took.

End of story......NEXT!

5 posted on 11/07/2006 12:12:50 PM PST by Niteranger68 (Already voted absentee...straight Republican ticket...best choice on the menu.)
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To: stockstrader

It takes awhile to find all the dead voters.


6 posted on 11/07/2006 12:13:27 PM PST by dc27
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To: Red Badger

Another "entitled" senior - we should run the world to suit his convenience.


7 posted on 11/07/2006 12:13:46 PM PST by cinives (On some planets what I do is considered normal.)
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To: beaversmom
Jon Winterton, 66, who said he had been waiting for an hour and 15 minutes at the Washington Park polling place, didn't mind.

"I love voting. Tonight is like other people's football games. I love watching the returns," he said.


I'm with Mr. Winterton.

For presidential elections, I take the whole day off.
8 posted on 11/07/2006 12:13:58 PM PST by Xenalyte (Viva Espaa!)
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To: beaversmom
Colorado Democratic Party officials said they will ask a state judge to keep Denver polling places open for two extra hours Tuesday night, saying computer problems forced some voters to wait up to two hours while others were turned away.

"Plus, most of our voters don't roll out of bed much before 5 or 6 in the evening. By the time they sober up and eat something there's not much time left to get to the polls. Provided they can find them."

9 posted on 11/07/2006 12:14:03 PM PST by CaptRon (Pedecaris alive or Raisuli dead)
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To: beaversmom
What if it had been 10 degrees today?

Yet it's not. As I write this post, it's Sunny and 72 degrees in Denver.

10 posted on 11/07/2006 12:14:22 PM PST by BigSkyFreeper (Karl Rove you magnificent bastard!)
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To: beaversmom
Damn...they are asking for the same thing in Tennessee.
They also filed a motion to have the absentee ballads counted even if they were post marked past the deadline. The MD court rejected the request.
Thank goodness.
11 posted on 11/07/2006 12:14:24 PM PST by snarkytart
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To: Xenalyte

Are you a face-painter?


12 posted on 11/07/2006 12:14:56 PM PST by Diddle E. Squat
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To: beaversmom

Well you gotta figure, they don't wake up till noon, then they gotta get high for a couple hours and.....


13 posted on 11/07/2006 12:15:00 PM PST by HOTTIEBOY (I'm your huckleberry)
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To: beaversmom

Melmahn on Mike Medved sounding cautiously optimistic.


14 posted on 11/07/2006 12:15:10 PM PST by HitmanLV ("If at first you don't succeed, keep on sucking until you do succeed." - Jerry 'Curly' Howard)
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To: cinives

If they were handing out free viagra, he'd stand there for 4 hours and not a peep............


15 posted on 11/07/2006 12:15:28 PM PST by Red Badger (New! HeadOn Hemorrhoid Medication for Liberals!.........Apply directly to forehead.........)
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To: stockstrader
Why is it that it is ALWAYS the DEMOCRATS that ask for extensions of voting hours

Because we Republicans vote early in the morning - before WORK.

16 posted on 11/07/2006 12:15:30 PM PST by meowmeow (In Loving Memory of Our Dear Viking Kitty (1987-2006))
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To: BigSkyFreeper

I had to run the air conditioner in my car today because my son was complaining about the heat.


17 posted on 11/07/2006 12:15:34 PM PST by beaversmom
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To: snarkytart

So, did they get it?


18 posted on 11/07/2006 12:15:44 PM PST by musikman
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To: beaversmom

Oh, this is BS!
We had early voting for a week already!

What happened? Jesse Jackass's bus broke down?!


19 posted on 11/07/2006 12:15:51 PM PST by RandallFlagg (I have ALL of my magnetic bumper stickers available to FRiends for use -CLICK MY NAME!!)
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To: beaversmom

Can't selectively leave Denver polls open two more hours.


20 posted on 11/07/2006 12:15:55 PM PST by Brilliant
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To: beaversmom

This is insane and needs to stop! This is like a judge picking out a certain area where voters have an open ended amount of time to vote while other areas have to follow the previously written laws. If I were the AG in a state where a judge did something like this I would SHUT DOWN the polls by force if necessary when the law requires it, and not a judge!


21 posted on 11/07/2006 12:16:18 PM PST by KoRn
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To: Xenalyte

You should vacation in that town in Maine that is like 17 people and they are all done voting by dawn - do you know what I mean, or is this pre-drunk babble on my part?


22 posted on 11/07/2006 12:17:03 PM PST by Hegewisch Dupa
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To: stockstrader; dc27

I was going to ask the same question but now I know.

:-)


23 posted on 11/07/2006 12:17:03 PM PST by ScaniaBoy (Part of the Right Wing Research & Attack Machine)
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To: CaptRon
This is a true account of what I witnessed today when I took my parents to vote. I posted this on another thread:

This country is going to hell and a hand basket. We've got so much trash in this country. This is a true story from today. I took my parents to vote. A woman with hair that would make Cynthia McKinney's look tame walked up--very disheveled with her clothes. Looked like she had just got out of bed. She was with an older man. They started talking with another woman in line. The woman with the crazy do said out loud something about Republicans not believing in God then went on to say that they better let her vote. They let illegals vote so they better let her vote and if they didn't she would burn the place down because she's from the hood. Of course she didn't have the card she was supposed to have so they let her fill out a provisional ballot. Hopefully her "informed" opinion won't count. This is what votes for Democrats. This is the face and mind of the Democrat party and it wasn't pretty inside or out.

24 posted on 11/07/2006 12:17:13 PM PST by beaversmom
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To: Darkwolf377

for those that don't know Denver, Wash park is a very affluent urban yuppie type neighborhood, very close to DU (denver univ). If I had to guess, it would lean Dem


25 posted on 11/07/2006 12:17:32 PM PST by Mom MD (The scorn of fools is music to the ears of the wise)
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To: Diddle E. Squat

Ordinarily I am, but not this year. Can you imagine how awful I'd look with Kinky Friedman on one side of my face and (for even-handedness) One Tough Gramma on the other?

Rick Perry would be on my forehead, and you can guess where Chris Bell would be. (Hint: it's not the face.)


26 posted on 11/07/2006 12:17:39 PM PST by Xenalyte (Viva Espaa!)
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To: beaversmom
"At 82, I don't deserve to have to stand out here. What if it had been 10 degrees today?"

But it's a lovely 72 degrees in Denver today, you old fart. Just sit and enjoy the day, eh?

27 posted on 11/07/2006 12:17:53 PM PST by r9etb
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To: meowmeow

Well, I didn't vote early in the morning, although I did vote before work (I work evenings). But, there were only about 10 people in my polling location this morning.


28 posted on 11/07/2006 12:17:53 PM PST by ican'tbelieveit (Join FreeRepublic's Folding@Home team (Team# 36120), KW:Folding)
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To: meowmeow

Yea, but that poor old geezer didn't have to get to work. Geeze, what the crap is wrong with these pathetic people?


29 posted on 11/07/2006 12:18:05 PM PST by musikman
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To: meowmeow
Exactly. The way dems can insure victory is change the voting hours to 9am-5pm.
30 posted on 11/07/2006 12:18:21 PM PST by HOTTIEBOY (I'm your huckleberry)
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To: beaversmom

LOL! If it was 72 outside here right now, I'd have some of the windows on the house open.


31 posted on 11/07/2006 12:18:34 PM PST by BigSkyFreeper (Karl Rove you magnificent bastard!)
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To: beaversmom

Apparently I wasn't that far off...


32 posted on 11/07/2006 12:18:40 PM PST by CaptRon (Pedecaris alive or Raisuli dead)
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To: meowmeow

That's exactly what I did this morning!


33 posted on 11/07/2006 12:18:44 PM PST by lesko
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To: RandallFlagg

See my post #24 of what I witnessed voting today.


34 posted on 11/07/2006 12:18:45 PM PST by beaversmom
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To: Darkwolf377
I will never vote for a Democrat again, ever.

Good...now just stay alive. Otherwise all bets are off from your votes in the afterlife where Dems can resurrect yours. ehehehehehe!

35 posted on 11/07/2006 12:19:40 PM PST by tflabo (Take authority that's ours)
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To: r9etb
But it's a lovely 72 degrees in Denver today, you old fart. Just sit and enjoy the day, eh?

And if it's a chilly 72 degrees, put a damn sweater on.

36 posted on 11/07/2006 12:20:25 PM PST by BigSkyFreeper (Karl Rove you magnificent bastard!)
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To: Red Badger
"...What if it had been 10 degrees today?"

What if an asteroid came down and destroyed the whole state?........

What if the Democrats retake Congress?

37 posted on 11/07/2006 12:20:44 PM PST by Disambiguator
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To: Darkwolf377

The last time I voted for a RAT was in 1990, when David Duke was the opponent. Never again.


38 posted on 11/07/2006 12:20:55 PM PST by ABG(anybody but Gore) ("By the time I'm finished with you, you're gonna wish you felt this good again" - Jack Bauer)
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To: musikman
Geeze, what the crap is wrong with these pathetic people?

You just answered your own question....keyword 'pathetic'

39 posted on 11/07/2006 12:22:00 PM PST by tflabo (Take authority that's ours)
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To: Darkwolf377
DEMOCRATS LIE, CHEAT AND STEAL.

Besides that they're not too bad. That's just their way!
40 posted on 11/07/2006 12:24:13 PM PST by Man50D (Fair Tax , you earn it , you keep it!)
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To: Xenalyte
Rick Perry would be on my forehead

Kinda like Aggie poker.

I think I'll put Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid on the bottom of my feet. BTW, Pelosi has a daughter in Houston, who was a teacher and now works for what seems to be a non-political group that provides art workshops for schoolkids.

OK, I'm finally off to vote!

41 posted on 11/07/2006 12:25:17 PM PST by Diddle E. Squat
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To: Darkwolf377
I will never vote for a Democrat again, ever.

You mean, you once did? I wouldn't admit something like this in public if I were you.

42 posted on 11/07/2006 12:25:54 PM PST by kesg
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To: beaversmom

Hey, why shouldn't democrat areas have extra time to vote. Stinking rat cheaters.


43 posted on 11/07/2006 12:26:21 PM PST by Williams
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To: beaversmom; BigSkyFreeper; All
LOL! That was probably my fault.
I've been driving around Denver for a couple of days with these:

Click my name to see those bumper stickers in larger size.
44 posted on 11/07/2006 12:26:24 PM PST by RandallFlagg (I have ALL of my magnetic bumper stickers available to FRiends for use -CLICK MY NAME!!)
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To: beaversmom

Yeah, really huge blue wave coming. I can tell by all the voter intimdation by DEMS, Dem poll workers choking REPS, calls being knocked offline, Kean's headquarters being locked, shortage of Ballots for Reps...

Then we have Dems wanting polls to stay open for hours.

Time for us to pck it up now! Dems are exuding so much confidence in their actions, so why bother? ::snicker::

Everyone go vote, and if a Dem tries to stop you call the Feds on them.


45 posted on 11/07/2006 12:28:47 PM PST by Soul Seeker (Kobach: Amnesty is going from an illegal to a legal position, without imposing the original penalty.)
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To: Red Badger

Yup. I really dislike that attitude.


46 posted on 11/07/2006 12:30:05 PM PST by cinives (On some planets what I do is considered normal.)
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To: Xenalyte

This is my Super Bowl

I absolutely treasure the act of going to the polls on Election Day.



47 posted on 11/07/2006 12:30:14 PM PST by digger48 (there went breakfast)
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To: beaversmom

I voted this morning in between Bible reading and History (we homeschool). I just had to run down to the school in our little bitty town and there was a long line. There always is a long line at our polling place.

I love the lines and I love the whole process.

Now, my adult daughters are headed down on their lunch hours to vote and then hubby votes in the evening. It is a big deal in our family to vote...an awesome responsiblity that we don't take lightly.


48 posted on 11/07/2006 12:30:17 PM PST by MTMS
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To: beaversmom
The Rat Dead voters never show up until after sunset:


49 posted on 11/07/2006 12:32:28 PM PST by Grampa Dave (There's a dwindling market for Marxist Homosexual Lunatic wet dreams posing as journalism)
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To: stockstrader
Why is it that it is ALWAYS the DEMOCRATS that ask for extensions of voting hours??

Actually, I really wondered about that. My only answer is; selective extended hours allows Democrats to perpetrate vote fraud by injecting additional bogus votes into the tally in full knowledge of how many votes are needed for their victory.

Any other explanations out there?

50 posted on 11/07/2006 12:32:46 PM PST by DakotaGator
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