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House Bill 13-1303

House Bill 13-1303

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First Regular SessionSixty-ninth General Assembly
STATE OF COLORADO
INTRODUCED
 
LLS NO. 13-0527.02 Kate Meyer x4348
HOUSE BILL 13-1303
House CommitteesSenate Committees
State, Veterans, & Military Affairs
A BILL FOR AN ACTC
ONCERNING MEASURES TO STRENGTHEN THE PARTICIPATION OF
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INDIVIDUALS IN THE ELECTORAL PROCESS
,
AND
,
IN CONNECTION
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THEREWITH
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REDUCING THE MINIMUM DURATIONAL
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REQUIREMENT FOR AN ELECTOR TO QUALIFY AS A STATE
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RESIDENT
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ALLOWING ELECTORS TO REGISTER TO VOTE
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THROUGH ELECTION DAY
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REPEALING THE CATEGORY OF VOTER 
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INACTIVITY TRIGGERED BY AN ELECTOR 
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S FAILURE TO VOTE
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REQUIRING MAIL BALLOTS TO BE SENT TO ACTIVE ELECTORS
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FOR ELECTIONS CONDUCTED UNDER THE
"U
NIFORM
E
LECTION
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C
ODE OF
1992",
AND REPLACING POLLING PLACES WITH VOTER 
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SERVICE AND POLLING CENTERS AND BALLOT DROP
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OFF
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LOCATIONS FOR MAIL BALLOT ELECTIONS
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HOUSE SPONSORSHIP
Hullinghorst and Pabon,
Buckner 
SENATE SPONSORSHIP
Giron,
 
Shading denotes HOUSE amendment. Double underlining denotes SENATE amendment.
Capital letters indicate new material to be added to existing statute.Dashes through the words indicate deletions from existing statute.
 
Bill Summary
(Note: This summary applies to this bill as introduced and doesnot reflect any amendments that may be subsequently adopted. If this bill  passes third reading in the house of introduction, a bill summary that applies to the reengrossed version of this bill will be available at http://www.leg.state.co.us/billsummaries.)
The bill implements various changes to the "Uniform ElectionCode of 1992" (code).
Residency.
Currently, to be eligible to register to vote, a personmust have resided both in the state and in the precinct in which he or sheintends to register for at least 30 days prior to an election. The billshortens the time required for state residency to 22 days and eliminatesthe minimum time that an elector must have resided within a Colorado precinct.
Registration.
Under current law, voter registration must beeffected no later than 29 days before an election for a person to cast a ballot in that election. The bill expands the time during which a personmay register to vote in an election, and describes the deadlines associatedwith the various methods of voter registration. Specifically, a person mayregister by:
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Submitting a voter registration application through themail, a voter registration agency, or a voter registrationdrive no later than 22 days prior to an election;
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Appearing in person at his or her county clerk andrecorder's office when registration is permitted at the officeor submitting an application at a high school in accordancewith high school registration procedures;
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Applying via a local driver's license examination facility or through the on-line voter registration system maintained bythe secretary of state through 8 days prior to an election;
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Visiting a voter service and polling center during the timethat such location is open, including on or prior to the dateof the election.The bill harmonizes the content of self-affirmations made inconnection with registering to vote.
Mail ballot elections.
Under the bill, a mail ballot election is anelection for which active registered electors receive a ballot by mail andmay then cast the ballot by mail, deposit it at a drop-off location, or go toa voter service and polling center to cast a ballot in person. The billrequires all general, primary, odd-year, coordinated, presidential, speciallegislative, recall, and congressional vacancy elections to be conductedas mail ballot elections. Consequently, the ability of an elector to applyHB13-1303
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for permanent mail-in status is removed from the code.The bill limits current code provisions relating to early and mail-invoting to municipality and special district elections conducted under statelaw.
Voter service and polling centers and ballot drop-off locations.
To complement the implementation of mail ballot elections, the billrequires county clerk and recorders to establish a minimum number of voter service and polling centers, depending on the number of activeregistered voters in the county. Factors that county clerk and recordersmust consider in designating voter service and polling centers areenumerated.Each voter service and polling center must provide the following:
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The ability for an eligible elector to register to vote;
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The ability for an eligible elector to cast a ballot;
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The ability for an eligible elector to update his or her address;
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The ability for an eligible elector who has legally changedhis or her name to have his or her name changed in theregistration records;
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The ability for an unaffiliated registered elector to affiliatewith a political party and cast a ballot in a primary election;
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Secure computer access; except that smaller counties mayseek a waiver of this requirement upon demonstratinghardship and securing approval of a plan to access thestatewide voter database and conduct real-time verificationof voter eligibility via telephone or other means;
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Facilities and equipment for persons with disabilities,including direct record electronic voting machines or other voting systems accessible to electors with disabilities;
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Voting booths;
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Original and replacement ballots for distribution;
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Mail ballots to requesting electors;
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The ability to accept mail ballots that are deposited byelectors; and
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The ability of a person to cast a provisional ballot.In addition to voter service and polling centers, certain countiesmust also establish stand-alone drop-off locations.
Inactivity by reason of failure to vote.
The bill repeals thecategory of voter inactivity that is triggered by an elector's failure to voteand makes all such voters active. As a result, such voters will receive mail ballots in future elections.
Electronic communications transmission.
Except for ballots andvoter information cards, upon request, county clerks and recorders areauthorized to transmit electronically elections-related communications tovoters.HB13-1303
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