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Bill Detail: HB19-1243

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Title 16-year-olds Voting School District Elections
Status House Committee on State, Veterans, & Military Affairs Postpone Indefinitely (04/02/2019)
Bill Subjects
  • Elections & Redistricting
House Sponsors J. Coleman (D)
Senate Sponsors D. Moreno (D)
House Committee State, Veterans, and Military Affairs
Senate Committee
Date Introduced 03/15/2019

The bill allows a person who is preregistered to vote in school
district elections beginning at 16 years of age. A school district election
is defined as an election to recall a school district officer or an election
called under title 22, Colorado Revised Statutes, including elections for:
  • The state board of education;
  • School district officers;

  • Referred measures to impose or increase mill levies or to
raise and expend property taxes;
  • Referred measures relating to the organization of or plan of
representation for school districts; and
  • Referred measures related to the financial obligations and
indebtedness of school districts.
A preregistrant's voter information is required to be kept
confidential. When a person preregisters, they must receive information
concerning their eligibility to vote in school district elections, how to
update their preregistration information and obtain and cast a ballot, and
their confidential status and actions that could cause their information to
become public even while in confidential status.
A preregistrant is automatically registered to vote in all elections
upon turning age 18. Individuals committed to juvenile detention facilities
must be given information about their right to preregister and vote in
school district elections.
A preregistrant can circulate and sign petitions to nominate or
recall a school district officer or to initiate an election under title 22,
Colorado Revised Statutes. A preregistrant cannot run for office or be
appointed to fill a vacancy. If a juvenile is charged with an election
offense and no other crime is charged, the juvenile court is prohibited
from transferring the charge to a district court.
For any election in which preregistrants are eligible to vote and in
which the county clerk and recorder has responsibilities for the election,
the state is required to reimburse the county for the direct costs associated
with ballots sent to preregistrants. The school district's share of the costs
of the election in a cost-sharing agreement must be reduced by the
amount of the state's reimbursement.
The bill takes effect on January 1, 2021, and applies to elections
conducted on or after that date.

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