Colorado Ballot Counters Braced For Long Night

November 5, 2012 2:47 PM

Colorado Ballot Counters Braced For Long Night
" 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 through the night until all are counted.

“This entire election, there has been more pressure, more scrutiny, more angst from the voting public about ensuring their vote counts,” said Sheila Reiner, Mesa County clerk and recorder. “That’s different this year.”

Other clerks said they’re sending employees home around midnight and resuming Wednesday if there are more ballots to count.

“I can’t kill my judges. I just won’t do it,” Larimer County’s Scott Doyle said, referring to his 1,000 temporary workers who went through background checks and about two to four hours of training to help out during the crazy season.

Statewide, there are some 6,000 counting judges. They’re temporary workers who earn $125 a day or $10 an hour, depending on the position "

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