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Bill Detail: HB22-1204

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Title Election Systems
Status House Committee on State, Civic, Military, & Veterans Affairs Postpone Indefinitely (03/14/2022)
Bill Subjects
  • Elections & Redistricting
House Sponsors R. Hanks (R)
Senate Sponsors
House Committee State, Civic, Military and Veterans Affairs
Senate Committee
Date Introduced 02/07/2022
Summary

The bill makes changes to the laws governing elections. The
secretary of state is required, within 30 days after the effective date of the
bill, to withdraw the state from participation in the electronic registration
information system.
Voters are required to cast their ballots in person at the voters'
precinct polling place on election day, unless the voter has completed a
valid request for an absentee ballot. A voter may request an absentee
ballot if the voter will be out of the state on election day, is hospitalized
or in a nursing home, has a visual impairment, or is a uniformed overseas
voter. All ballots are required to be counted by hand. Counting and
canvassing must be completed within 24 hours after polls close. County
clerk and recorders are required to mail ballots to electors prior to election
day, with written instructions advising that the voter must appear in
person at a precinct polling place to cast the ballot. A person is required
to show a valid state-issued identification to vote.
County clerk and recorders are required to divide the county into
precincts and to designate adequate and reasonable polling places in each
precinct. County clerk and recorders are required to use schools and
government buildings as polling places when possible and are prohibited
from changing a polling place in a precinct unless the electors of the
precinct are given 2 years notice, or in the event of an emergency
rendering the original polling place unusable.
The bill establishes new requirements for the certification and use
of electronic voting systems. The secretary of state (secretary) is required
to create a committee consisting of a member of the faculty in the
engineering department at a state institution of higher education, a
member of the state bar of Colorado, and one person familiar with voting
processes in the state. The committee must test voting systems and make
recommendations to the secretary, who is then required to make final
adoption of the systems to be certified for use in the state. Use of
electronic voting systems is limited to complying with accessibility
requirements for voters who are blind or visually impaired established in
the bill.
The bill makes additional changes to the election laws, including:
  • Requiring county clerk and recorders to send sample ballot
proofs of primary ballots to party committee chairs, and to
send a proof of the general election ballot to any candidate
who was not on the primary ballot;
  • Establishing a 100-foot limit around polling places,
requiring voters to promptly leave the 100-foot area after
voting, and allowing electioneering activity outside the
100-foot limit except in specific circumstances;
  • Requiring ballots to be printed on anti-fraud paper;
  • Allowing a court to order a recount when presented with
facts that require one; and
  • Establishing new election offenses related to unlawful acts
by voters and other persons.

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