First bill by Bradford targets redundant voter-database rules

The first piece of legislation from Mesa County’s newest state lawmaker, an elections-reform bill, cleared its first committee hearing Thursday.

House Bill 1018, sponsored by Rep. Laura Bradford, R-Collbran, would bring laws concerning Colorado’s statewide voter database, SCORE, in sync with federal elections laws.

“Updates in technology require updates in our laws,” Bradford said while introducing her bill.

The House State, Veterans and Military Affairs Committee agreed, unanimously voting to pass Bradford’s bill to the floor of the state House.

Douglas County Clerk and Recorder Jack Arrowsmith said Bradford’s bill will eliminate the need for county clerks to perform tasks the statewide voter database renders redundant.

“Some of the things we were required to report to the secretary of state are an automatic function of SCORE,” he said.

For example, the bill would remove requirements that county clerks notify the state of voters who cancel their registration or move.

Rich Coolidge, who represented the Colorado Secretary of State’s Office at the hearing, said his office asked Bradford to carry the bill. That office is headed by the man Bradford defeated in the 2008 election, Democrat Bernie Buescher

The full House could consider Bradford’s bill as early as today.


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