Republicans Buckle to Outside Pressure on Bipartisan Election Bill

(Jan. 29) – The House today turned aside a Republican attempt to complicate Colorado’s election laws and make it more difficult for citizens to vote.

The bill was sponsored by Majority Leader Dickey Lee Hullinghorst (D-Boulder) and Rep. Carole Murray (R-Castle Rock) before Rep. Murray removed her support before today’s voice vote.

“I want to thank Rep. Murray for all of her previous work on this bill,” Majority Leader Hullinghorst said. “It is unfortunate she has chosen to remove her support from this bill since it includes many of the provisions and solutions we worked together with all stakeholders involved to construct.”

“This bill has received the support of municipalities, special districts, county clerks and others affected,” Assistant Majority Leader Dan Pabon (D-Denver) said. “It is a common sense solution to make it easier for law abiding citizens to vote.”

An amendment from Rep. Dan Nordberg (R-Colorado Springs) and Stephen Humphrey (R-Severance) to protect the voting rights of active duty military members was adopted unanimously.

“I was disappointed to see Rep. Murray buckle to partisan pressure from within and outside her caucus,” Rep. Joe Salazar (D-Thornton) said. “This bill will strengthen voting rights across Colorado.”

HB14-1164 will now be heard on third reading.

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