Voting bill to be introduced in Colorado legislature
By Alex Murray
A bill soon to be introduced in the Colorado General Assembly by Sen. Angela Giron (D) and Rep. Dan Pabon (D) will call for the mailing of ballots to all voters, as well as in-person registration through election day. Online registration would end eight days before an election, and early voting would be allowed for at least 15 days prior to an election. The current deadline for voter registration is 29 days before a statewide election.
Currently, voters may vote either in-person or by mail, but must ask to be sent ballots permanently. 74 percent of Coloradans voted by mail in the 2012 election, according to the Colorado County Clerks Association, which supports the changes expected in the legislation. Voters would be able to return their ballot through the mail, in drop-off containers, or at a vote center. Voters who skip an election are currently placed on an 'inactive voters' list; the bill would eliminate active and inactive classifications.
Republicans including House Minority Leader Mark Waller and state committee chairman Ryan Call have cried foul, characterizing the impending legislation as a power move following the 2012 election in which Democrats ended split rule of the Colorado General Assembly. On the executive side, Secretary of State Scott Gessler (R) is also vocal in opposition, saying that the bill was drafted in a clandestine fashion and that inefficiency and voter fraud would result. Giron countered that she did not see the issue as being partisan, and that voter fraud would be reduced through the use of a statewide database.
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