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Steady stream of voters keep polling places busy

By Emily Allen, Multimedia Journalist /Target 13 Investigator , emily.allen@krdo.com
Published On: Dec 24 2013 04:35:31 AM CST
Updated On: Sep 05 2013 07:01:03 PM CDT

Voters were in line before Senate District 11 polling places opened Thursday to make sure their voices were heard in the debate of State Senator John Morse's seat.

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. -

Voters were in line before Senate District 11 polling places opened Thursday to make sure their voices were heard in the race for State Sen. John Morse's seat.

The El Paso County Clerk and Recorder's Office opened four polling places at 8 a.m. Voters stood in line for 30 minutes waiting to cast their votes at the polling place in Centennial Hall downtown.

It's the state's first ever recall election.  El Paso County Clerk and Recorder Wayne Williams estimates 30,000 people will vote in the recall election.

By noon on Thursday, 1,800 people had voted at the polls. The El Paso County Clerk and Recorder's Office had collected 1,600 absentee ballots by 7:30 a.m. Thursday.

David Hughes was one of the first in the door at Centennial Hall's polling place.

"I'm absolutely against the gun limitations," said Hughes.

Hughes wants Morse out of office. Just down the line, Chris Colean wants to make sure Morse stays.

"I'm also very interested in having better gun control so that's my reason," said Colean.

Mark Hopewell came out to vote, but he wasn't happy about it.

"We oppose it, having the election at all. It's an egregious waste of taxpayer money. Just because they don't vote the way you do, you don't elect them the next time," said Hopewell.

Bob Martin disagreed. He said this recall election is necessary.

"I believe in our Second Amendment. I've belonged to the NRA forever. Then this guy come up and want to throw us out," said Martin.

Joel Beck has voted in every election. He said his decision was important and private.

"Before my wife passed away, I was married to her for 43 years. And of those 43 years, I never discussed who I voted for and she never knew how I voted," said Beck.

El Paso County Clerk and Recorder's Office opened four locations Thursday. The following locations will be open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. through next Tuesday. The locations will be open Saturday but closed Sunday.

Main Office
Citizens Service Center
1675 West Garden of the Gods Road, Suite 2202
Colorado Springs, CO 80907

Downtown Branch (Centennial Hall)***
200 S. Cascade Ave.
Colorado Springs, CO 80903

Southeast Branch***
(SE corner of Powers Boulevard & Airport Road)
5650 Industrial Place
Colorado Springs, CO 80916

North Branch
8830 N. Union Boulevard
Colorado Springs, CO 80920

***These DMV locations will not be open to DMV-related business Sept. 5 - 10.

In addition, these locations will open to voters Monday and Tuesday:

Manitou Springs City Hall
Memorial Hall
606 Manitou Ave.
Manitou Springs, CO 80829

Pikes Peak Regional Building Department
2880 International Circle
Colorado Springs, CO 80910

Zalman Center at Harrison High School
2755 Janitell Road
Colorado Springs, CO 80906

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