Mail-in-ballots go bust

Legislation that would have made every statewide election in Colorado a mail-ballot election was withdrawn by its bipartisan cosponsors last week.

Mail-in ballots have proved successful in many instances, from municipal elections, to statewide primary elections. And because they reduce the need for costly polling places and poll watchers, they save counties a good deal of money. That’s why the Colorado County Clerks Association supported House Bill 1131.

Furthermore, there has been no more evidence of voter fraud using mail-in ballots than with conventional ballots.

However, according to The Denver Post, opposition to the bill came from both the far left, and the right. So Rep. Carole Murray, R-Castle Rock, decided to pull the bill she cosponsored with Sen. Mike Johnston, D-Denver. She hopes to work with county clerks over the next year to educate voters about mail-in ballots.

More and more Coloradans have been using mail-in ballots, even during general elections. As that trend continues, we suspect it’s only a matter of time until a bill such as HB 1131 is passed, and mail-in ballots become the accepted means of voting.


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