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Tuesday, November 07, 2006
Denver voters wait long past polls close
DENVER, Colorado (CNN) -- An hour-and-a-half after the polls officially closed, the line of voters snaked around the wishing fountain at Denver's botanical garden.

On other days, visitors to the garden make wishes and toss coins into the water. Today, voters just wish the line would move faster.

Luke Leary, a 33-year-old banker, was the the last person in line before 7 p.m. -- the cutoff to vote. Officials said anyone in line by 7 p.m. would get to cast their vote, even if it meant staying open all night.

Sitting on the cold conrete steps, Leary said he'd stick it out and wait. Election officials said many other would-be voters gave up and went home. Leary says it'll feel good to vote.

It will take him about 5 minutes to fill out the eletronic ballot, but at this rate, he will have waited 2.5 hours.

-- CNN Producer Eric Marrapodi
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