Citizenship proof to vote advances in Colo. House

DENVER — Colorado’s secretary of state would have the authority to block voters whose citizenship is questioned under a bill given preliminary approval by House lawmakers.

Democrats object to the Republican proposal and say it will disenfranchise voters. Republicans say the bill is necessary to make sure only U.S. citizens are voting.

Lawmakers approved the bill on a voice vote today. It faces one more vote before it can go on to the Democratic-controlled Senate. Lawmakers there have already rejected other Republican legislation to require proof of citizenship to vote.

House Bill 1252 would direct the secretary of state’s office to compare voter rolls with state and federal records to determine if registered voters are U.S. citizens. When there is doubt, people would receive a letter asking them to show proof of citizenship within 90 days.


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