Colorado's longest wait to vote? Reports of three-hour delays at Aurora's CentrePoint Plaza
Representative Rhonda Fields, a Democrat in Aurora, showed up this afternoon and said she was very worried about the calls she had received at her office -- one even saying the wait was close to four hours.
"It's very unsettling...especially knowing Arapahoe County is so important in this election," she said.
In Colorado, the race will be decided by a small margin of voters and Arapahoe is very evenly split. The latest turnout data shows that of those who have cast ballots so far in the county, 84,568 are Democrats, 84,486 Republicans and 67,394 are unaffiliated.
"I think we need better planning," Fields said. "People who are working today, middle class [residents]...only have a certain amount of time they can take off.... People are going to have to get out of line, because they have things to do."
Sam Levin Voters in line.
She doesn't want to see anybody not voting because they just don't have the time.
"I'm very worried, because the authority we have as citizens is the power to vote, and I appreciate the people standing here to exercise that power. It should be easy and it doesn't seem that way here," she said.
Vanessa Johnson, 27, who came with her sister and father, said she visited three separate sites in Aurora where the lines seemed too long and finally settled on CentrePoint Plaza, since it looked like she could at least wait inside. She said her wait was more than two hours.
"Some people were leaving here to find other places where they don't have to wait," she said. "But there ain't no excuses. You've gotta vote."
Johnson, who works in insurance, added, "You think it'd be a little bit easier to vote, but as long as my vote counts, I'm happy."
Her father, Michael Shoates, 57, who took the day off from his job at the post office, said that he worries about people giving up.
"People just don't have the patience and some may not vote," he said. "But I would vote if it was 36 degrees below zero."
His other daughter, Amanda Shoates, 23, said she understands she could've voted early, but she just feels more confident when she casts her ballot on election day.
"People aren't patient, but no one believes in mail-in-ballots," she said.
Her father chimed in, "I don't want mind ending up in the trash."
"I just think it's so important for Colorado not to be a source of controversy here. We need to make sure that everybody that is taking the time to come out to vote gets a chance to vote. Of course, you like to see the lines moving along," he said, adding, "Nobody should give up. Everybody needs to vote."
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