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Bill Detail: HB20-1156

 

Title CO Colorado Municipal Election Code Administrative Modifications
Status Governor Signed (03/20/2020)
Bill Subjects
  • Elections & Redistricting
House Sponsors M. Froelich (D)
H. McKean (R)
Senate Sponsors R. Zenzinger (D)
D. Hisey (R)
House Committee State, Veterans, and Military Affairs
Senate Committee State, Veterans and Military Affairs
Date Introduced 01/17/2020
Description

The Colorado Municipal Election Code of 1965 (code) specifies
procedures that municipal clerks are required to use when mailing ballots
to voters who are covered by the federal Uniformed and Overseas
Citizens Absentee Voting Act (UOCAVA). The code specifies that
standard voting materials for the purposes of UOCAVA includes a
declaration prescribed to accompany a federal absentee write-in ballot.
However, the municipal clerks are unable to use that declaration. The bill
repeals this requirement. The code also specifies that, to be valid, an
active military or overseas voter must complete a signed affirmation
required by federal law. The bill specifies the language required to be
included in the affirmation.
The code currently requires all paper ballots, including mail
ballots, to include a ballot stub and a duplicate stub on the top portion of
the ballot. This requirement is unnecessary for mail ballots, as
municipalities have other ballot verification methods. The bill specifies
that mail ballots are not required to include a stub and a duplicate stub.
The bill also amends several provisions in the code regarding mail
ballot elections to be consistent with other general provisions in the code
regarding municipal elections. Specifically:
  • The provision in the code that requires nomination petitions
in mail ballot elections to be corrected no later than 66 days
before the election is amended to be consistent with the
general provision that specifies such petitions must be
amended prior to 63 days before the election;
  • The provision in the code that requires a withdrawal
affidavit for a mail ballot election to be filed by the close of
business on the 63rd day prior to the election is amended to
be consistent with the general provision that specifies such
withdrawals must occur prior to 63 days before the
election; and
  • The wording of the self-affirmation that is required to
appear on the envelope for a mail ballot is amended to be
consistent with the wording of the self-affirmation that is
required to appear on the envelope for an absentee ballot.

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