Colorado Voting Computers Crash, Frustrating Voters

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The Colorado Secretary of State confirmed Tuesday afternoon that the state’s voter registration system had crashed in the middle of Election Day. 

The crash was reported at 3:00 p.m. Mountain Standard Time, and was reported fixed about 3:30 p.m., according to local Denver station Fox 31 and the Secretary of State’s office.

Fox 31 reports:

“Unfortunately, our system goes down now and then. It [happened] today and we regret that,” Lynn Bartels, spokeswoman for the Colorado Secretary of State’s Office said on Twitter.

The database is used to confirm voter registration.

While the system was down, clerks couldn’t process mail-in ballots that needed to have the signature verified and people voting in person voters had to use provisional ballots, according to Bartels. 

The news of the crash is likely to fuel speculation of outside tampering or “hacking,” especially given Colorado’s status as an important battleground state, where both campaigns have spent time and resources.

Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton had initially pulled advertising from Colorado, but put resources back into the state as it became more competitive again, and as Republican nominee Donald Trump campaigned there.

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