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Issue Position: Voting Rights and Access to the Ballot

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Colorado Republicans have launched a series of initiatives intended to limit who can vote. House Republicans killed a solid Senate bill which was intended to clean up the muddle that Secretary of State Scott Gessler has created by attempting to deny mail ballots to registered voters who did not vote in the last election. This leaves voters who missed a single election caught between Secretary of State Gessler who has issued regulations preventing County Clerks from mailing ballots to them and a District Court injunction which permits the counties to continue their mailing ballots to registered voters even though they failed to vote in the last election.

The House passed a measure to require every voter to present photo ID at the ballot box. While polling indicates this is a popular measure, I oppose the requirement since it puts up formidable barriers to voting for people who do not have a driver's license - the elderly, the young and those with disabilities. This bill has gone on to the Senate where I am hopeful it will die.


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