Colorado voters complain of Super Tuesday chaos

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DENVER, CO - MARCH 1: Colorado Democrats pack the gym at Manual High School as they listen to caucus instructions before casting their vote for their preferred candidate in the Colorado Democratic Party Caucus on March 1, 2016 in Denver, Co. Colorado is one of 13 states and one territory participating in Super Tuesday primaries or caucuses intended to award delegates to particular candidates in each party. (Photo by Marc Piscotty/Getty Images)
Election workers register participants before the start of the Democratic caucus in Boulder, Colo., Tuesday, March 1, 2016. Voters from Vermont to Colorado, Alaska to American Samoa and a host of states in between took to polling places and caucus sites Tuesday, on the busiest day of the 2016 primaries. (AP Photo/Brennan Linsley)
Clinton campaign precinct captain Barbra Miller, left, talks with Louise Grauer before the start of the Democratic caucus, in Boulder, Colo., Tuesday, March 1, 2016. Voters from Vermont to Colorado, Alaska to American Samoa and a host of states in between took to polling places and caucus sites Tuesday, on the busiest day of the 2016 primaries. (AP Photo/Brennan Linsley)
Participants line up before the start of the Democratic caucus in Boulder, Colo., Tuesday, March 1, 2016. Voters from Vermont to Colorado, Alaska to American Samoa and a host of states in between took to polling places and caucus sites Tuesday, on the busiest day of the 2016 primaries. (AP Photo/Brennan Linsley)
Anne Krajcovic from precinct 102 participates in a straw poll for Hillary Clinton during the Democratic caucus at Coronado High School in Colorado Springs, Colo., on Tuesday, March 1, 2016. (Stacie Scott/Colorado Springs Gazette/TNS via Getty Images)
DENVER, CO - FEBRUARY 1: East High school student Cornelius Foxworth, right, waits on the stairs as thousands of people who turned out for the democratic caucus, wait in line to register at East High School in Denver, Colorado on March 1, 2016. (Photo by Helen H. Richardson/The Denver Post via Getty Images)
Participants from precinct 102 take a straw poll for Bernie Sanders during the Democratic caucus at Coronado High School in Colorado Springs, Colo., on Tuesday, March 1, 2016. (Stacie Scott/Colorado Springs Gazette/TNS via Getty Images)
Voters, right, look at map to determine the location of their precinct as they enter Smiley Middle School to attend a Democratic caucus late Tuesday, March 1, 2016, in Denver. Colorado is one of 12 states casting votes for party nominees on Super Tuesday, which offers candidates the chance to garner the biggest single-day delegate haul of the nomination contests. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)
Voters crowd into foyer of Smiley Middle School to check in with their precinct captains to attend a Democratic caucus late Tuesday, March 1, 2016, in Denver. Colorado is one of 12 states casting votes for party nominees on Super Tuesday, which offers candidates the chance to garner the biggest single-day delegate haul of the nomination contests. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)
Voters arrive at a Democratic caucus late Tuesday, March 1, 2016, in Denver. Colorado is one of 12 states casting votes for party nominees on Super Tuesday, which offers candidates the chance to garner the biggest single-day delegate haul of the nomination contests. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)
Precinct captain Christa DeHerrera, left, puts a band on voter Janell Lindsey after she checked in at a Democratic caucus late Tuesday, March 1, 2016, in Denver. Colorado is one of 12 states casting votes for party nominees on Super Tuesday, which offers candidates the chance to garner the biggest single-day delegate haul of the nomination contests. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)
Voters check in with precinct captains at a Democratic caucus late Tuesday, March 1, 2016, in Denver. Colorado is one of 12 states casting votes for party nominees on Super Tuesday, which offers candidates the chance to garner the biggest single-day delegate haul of the nomination contests. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)
Voters crowd in to check with precinct captains at a Democratic caucus late Tuesday, March 1, 2016, in Denver. Colorado is one of 12 states casting votes for party nominees on Super Tuesday, which offers candidates the chance to garner the biggest single-day delegate haul of the nomination contests. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)
Six-year-old Layla Dempsey, bottom, talks with her father, Stephen, as he checks in with the judge of his precinct at a Democratic caucus late Tuesday, March 1, 2016, in Denver. Colorado is one of 12 states casting votes for party nominees on Super Tuesday, which offers candidates the chance to garner the biggest single-day delegate haul of the nomination contests. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)
Voters line up for the Democratic presidential caucus on Super Tuesday at North High School in Denver, Colorado March 1, 2016. / AFP / Jason Connolly (Photo credit should read JASON CONNOLLY/AFP/Getty Images)
Voters line up for the Democratic presidential caucus on Super Tuesday at North High School in Denver, Colorado March 1, 2016. / AFP / Jason Connolly (Photo credit should read JASON CONNOLLY/AFP/Getty Images)
Voters gather for the Democratic presidential caucus at North High School in Denver, Colorado on Tuesday, March 1, 2016. Colorado voters are caucusing to decide between Democratic presidential candidates Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders. Colorado is one of a dozen states holding 'Super Tuesday' presidential caucuses or primaries. / AFP / Jason Connolly (Photo credit should read JASON CONNOLLY/AFP/Getty Images)
Voters line up for the Democratic presidential caucus at North High School in Denver, Colorado on Tuesday, March 1, 2016. Bernie Sanders defeated Hillary Clinton in four states: Colorado, Minnesota, Oklahoma and his home state of Vermont. / AFP / Jason Connolly (Photo credit should read JASON CONNOLLY/AFP/Getty Images)
DENVER, CO - FEBRUARY 1: People listen from windows to speakers outside in a parking lot as thousands turned out for the caucus at East High school in Denver, Colorado on March 1, 2016. 18 precincts were represented at East High School and thousands of people turned out for the caucus. Organizers had anticipated about 20% of people from their precincts would turn out and many more actually came. (Photo by Helen H. Richardson/The Denver Post via Getty Images)
Voters line up for the Democratic presidential caucus at North High School in Denver, Colorado on Tuesday, March 1, 2016. Colorado voters are caucusing to decide between Democratic presidential candidates Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders. Colorado is one of a dozen states holding 'Super Tuesday' presidential caucuses or primaries. / AFP / Jason Connolly (Photo credit should read JASON CONNOLLY/AFP/Getty Images)
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Bernie Sanders won a resounding victory in the Colorado caucuses on Super Tuesday, winning nearly 60 percent of the vote and 33 of the state's delegates. But the win, a critical one on a day otherwise dominated by Hillary Clinton, didn't come without a fair share of confusion.

Coloradans posted stories and complaints across social media and on private Slack channels about disorganization and overcrowding as they attempted to caucus on Tuesday, widely describing proceedings as a mess.

Voters also described incidences of changed locations and heavy traffic as they caucused, prompting some to call for a return to the state's old primary system, which was in place until Colorado switched to caucuses in 2002. One user on the /r/Colorado4Sanders subreddit described snarled traffic and overwhelmed volunteers, and said some people were even turned away caucuses.

Another person, writing in the Colorado For Bernie Sanders Facebook group, wrote that despite being a registered Democrat all her life, she arrived at her caucus location only to be informed that she wasn't registered there.

A user on a Slack channel dedicated to getting out the vote for Sanders in Colorado described a strange situation in which a caucus was scheduled to take place in a private residence, but voters were locked out of the home.

Given the chaos at caucus sites around the states, many people saw the decision to move from primaries to caucuses in 2002 as a major step backward, and hoped that the situation might change in time for the next elections.

This wasn't the only caucus marred by confusion. In late February, voters in Nevada complained that there weren't enough ballots and that voters weren't checking IDs, among other issues.

The post Colorado Voters Complain Of Super Tuesday Chaos appeared first on Vocativ.

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