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Voting hours not extended in Colorado after voter registration system goes down

DENVER -- Voting at polling locations in Colorado will not be extended after the state's voter registration system went down for nearly 30 minutes on Tuesday.

A Denver District Court judge held an emergency hearing Tuesday night but ruled against the extension.

According to the Secretary of State's Office, Democrats wanted a two-hour extension. The system was down for 29 minutes, from 2:47 p.m. to 3:16 p.m.

"We are opposed [to the extension]. This outage didn't stop anyone from voting," said Lynn Bartels, spokeswoman for the Colorado Secretary of State's Office. "We have had two weeks of voting and everyone got a ballot. We have no reports of long lines and anyone in line at 7 [p.m.] can still vote."

"Unfortunately, our system goes down now and then. It [happened] today and we regret that," Bartels said.

Bartels said the office is investigating what caused the outage. 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 had to use provisional ballots, according to Bartels.