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Major Colo. election changes get 1st OK by House

8:38 PM, Apr 18, 2013   |    comments
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DENVER (AP) - House Democrats advanced major changes to how Colorado elections are run, including sending a ballot to every registered voter and allowing same-day voter registration.

Both parties argued for hours before taking an initial unrecorded voice vote Thursday evening after Republicans posed more than a dozen unsuccessful amendments.

Republican leaders contend they were excluded from the crafting of a bill that has major ramifications. Democrats insist they were transparent and point to support from a bipartisan clerks association.

The bill would also eliminate the category of "inactive" voters. That currently applies to voters who skip even one election and restricts their ability to get ballots by mail.

Although all registered voters would get ballots, they would still have the option to vote in person.

One more vote is needed before the bill heads to the Senate.

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