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Bill Detail: HB22-1273

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Title Protections For Elections Officials
Status Senate Third Reading Passed - No Amendments (04/22/2022)
Bill Subjects
  • Elections & Redistricting
House Sponsors M. Duran (D)
E. Sirota (D)
Senate Sponsors B. Pettersen (D)
S. Fenberg (D)
House Committee State, Civic, Military and Veterans Affairs
Senate Committee State, Veterans and Military Affairs
Date Introduced 02/25/2022
Summary

The bill makes it unlawful for a person to threaten, coerce, or
intimidate, or attempt to threaten, coerce, or intimidate, an election
official with the intent to interfere with the performance of the official's
duties or with the intent to retaliate against the official for the
performance of the official's duties. The prohibition does not apply to an
enforcement action taken by the secretary of state to enforce state election
laws.
The bill also prohibits a person from making the personal

information of an election official or an election official's immediate
family publicly available on the internet if the person knows or
reasonably should know that doing so will pose an imminent and serious
threat to the election official or the election official's immediate family.
There is a presumption that dissemination of the personal information of
an election official or the election official's immediate family poses an
imminent and serious threat if a federal, state, or local law enforcement
agency has issued a safety warning or advisory that applies to the election
official. For the purposes of this restriction, election official is defined
to include a county clerk and recorder, a municipal clerk, an election
judge, a member of a canvassing board, a member of a board of county
commissioners, a member or secretary of a board of directors authorized
to conduct public elections, a representative of a governing body, or any
other person contracted for or engaged in the performance of election
duties.
An election worker may file a request with a state or local official
to remove personal information from records that the official makes
available on the internet. The request must include an affirmation under
penalty of perjury that the election worker has reason to believe that the
dissemination of the election worker's personal information on the
internet poses an imminent and serious threat to the safety of the election
worker. After receiving a request from an election worker, the state or
local official is also required to deny access to the personal information
in response to a request for records under the Colorado Open Records
Act; except that certain individuals may access records maintained by a
county recorder, county assessor, or county treasurer if such access is
related to a real estate matter. For purposes of this protection, election
worker is defined to include a county clerk and recorder, county election
staff, a municipal clerk, municipal election staff, the secretary of state,
and the secretary of state's election staff but does not include an election
judge or a temporary employee.

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