On March 31, I received a copy of proposed legislation sponsored by Speaker of the House Terrence Carroll, D-Denver,titled Modernization of Elections."
Because of the length and complexity of this legislation, I just finished reading it. I am strongly opposed to this
Voters would be allowed to register to vote up to the Friday preceding the election and cast a regular ballot on
Election Day. In 2012, voters will be allowed to register and cast a regular ballot on Election Day. What will prevent
voters from coming in by the busload to register and vote on Election Day? We do live in the Four Corners, where travel
to four states in one day can easily be accomplished.
Voters may register to vote at 16 years of age, and their registrations would be held until they are 18 years old, when
they would be considered registered to vote. The majority will have a different address from the one they had at age
16. Will they remember to update their address?
If a voter receives a mail ballot and for some reason does not use it, the voter may go into a service center on
Election Day and request a replacement ballot simply by signing an affidavit. Voting twice is a possibility and would
not be discovered until too late. Allowing replacement ballots to be issued only at the county clerk's office would
prevent this problem: The status of the original ballot could be verified before another ballot is issued.
The bill will allow persons" or organizations" to gather ballots from voters and deliver these ballots within 10 days
to the election office. There is no real oversight of this, and any problems could be discovered too late to
These are just a few of the problems I see with this bill; there are probably more that require closer scrutiny to
Although, I have advocated for mail-in elections in Colorado, sufficient safeguards must be in place to prevent fraud.
This bill does not provide those safeguards in my opinion.
Linda Daley, La Plata County Clerk and Recorder,