Elections overhaul bill passes; Same-day registration, mail ballots for all voters to be enacted
Democrats passed bill; Republicans opposed it
Last Updated: 217 days ago
DENVER - A proposal by Democrats redefining Colorado elections rules to include same-day voter registration and ballots by mail to all voters is on its way to the governor's desk.
The House approved the bill Friday.
In addition to same-day registration and ballots by mail, the proposal establishes voting centers for people to cast ballots at any location, as opposed to having to go to a designated precinct. Precinct polling places would be eliminated.
The bill would also eliminate the category of "inactive" voters, a designation that restricts voters' ability to get mail ballots.
Democrats say the goal is to make it easier to vote.
All Republican lawmakers opposed the bill, arguing that same-day registration makes it easier to commit fraud. Democrats countered there are safeguards in place to prevent it, and that it's been historically rare.
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