Colorado Voter Registration, Initiative 30 (2002)

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The Colorado Voter Registration Initiative, also known as Initiative 30, was on the November 5, 2002 ballot in Colorado as an initiated constitutional amendment, where it was defeated. The measure would have allowed same-day voter registration for elections.[1]

Election results

Colorado Initiative 30 (2002)
ResultVotesPercentage
Defeatedd No821,05060.75%
Yes 530,442 39.25%

Election results via: Colorado Secretary of State (P.144-155)

Text of measure

The language appeared on the ballot as:[1]

Shall there be an amendment to the Colorado constitution concerning Election Day voter registration, and, in connection therewith, allowing an eligible citizen to register and vote on any day that a vote may be cast in any election beginning on January 1, 2004; specifying Election Day voter registration locations; specifying that an eligible citizen who registers to vote on Election Day shall register in person and present a current and valid Colorado driver's license or state identification card or other approved documentation; and directing the Colorado general assembly, in implementing Election Day voter registration, to adopt necessary protections against election fraud?[2]

Background

In 2002, Colorado allowed individuals to register to vote at various locations and by mail at any time up to 29 days before an election. A person was eligible to register to vote if he or she was a U.S. citizen, was eighteen years old at the time of the election, and was a resident of Colorado and the precinct in which he or she was planning to vote for at least 30 days before the election. A person who was already registered to vote in Colorado and who moved but failed to re-register at the new address was allowed to re-register at any time, including election day, at a county clerk's office. Individuals who had registered but whose names did not appear on the list of registered voters at the polling place were allowed to go to the county clerk's office to verify their registration and vote on election day.

This proposal allowed citizens to register and vote on Election Day by presenting valid identification at their precinct polling place or county clerk's office. Valid identification included either a Colorado driver license, state identification card, or other documentation approved by state election officials.

The proposal applied to all elections including primary, general, special district, and municipal elections. The legislature was directed to enact necessary laws to protect against voter fraud.[3]

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  1. 1.0 1.1 Colorado State Legislative Council, "Ballot History," accessed February 25, 2014
  2. Note: This text is quoted verbatim from the original source. Any inconsistencies are attributed to the original source.
  3. Colorado Elections Department, "Blue Book Analysis of 2002 ballot measures," accessed January 8, 2014