May 23, 2019

Department of State Makes Amendments to Colorado Election Rules

The Colorado Department of State has proposed amendments to the Colorado Secretary of State Election Rules. The changes are seen as necessary to improve the administration of elections in Colorado.

Amendments will be made to rules concerning:

  • the processing of voter registration applications;
  • voter correspondence;
  • assigning ballot order for measures submitted by jurisdictions crossing county lines;
  • mail ballot elections;
  • recount procedures for races involing write-in candidates;
  • initiative petition entity licensing procedures;
  • initiative petition circulator residence;
  • provisional ballot acceptance codes;
  • implementation of HB 11-1219 regarding military and overseas voters;
  • unsigned mail/mail-in ballot affidavits;
  • emergency mail-in ballots; and
  • technical corrections and clarifications.

Additionally, the Secretary of State will consider other rules necessary to implement amendments to the election laws made during the latest Colorado legislative session.

A hearing on the proposed rules will be held on Tuesday, August 2, 2011 at the Office of the Secretary of State, 1700 Broadway, Blue Spruce Room (2nd Floor), Denver, Colorado 80290, beginning at 2:00 pm.

Full text of the proposed rules can be found here. Further information about the new rules and hearing can be found here.

Governor Hickenlooper Signs Seven More Bills into Law

At the end of last week, seven more bills reached Governor John Hickenlooper’s desk and were signed into law. The bills were the twentieth group to emerge from the 2011 General Assembly.

  • SB 11-060
    • Sponsored by Sens. Boyd and White and Reps. B. Gardner and A. Kerr. Concerning the Alcohol Content of Alcohol Beverages Available for Consumption at a Licensed Premises.
  • SB 11-078
    • Sponsored by Sen. Morse and Rep. B. Gardner. Implementation of Recommendations of the Committee on Legal Services in Connection with Legislative Review of Rules and Regulations.
  • HB 11-1212
    • Sponsored by Reps. Tyler and Hullinghorst and Sen. Spence. Inclusion of Lean Government Principles in the Performance-Based Budgeting.
  • HB 11-1254
    • Sponsored by Reps. Priola and S. Schafer and Sen. Steadman. Measures to Reduce the Frequency of Bullying in Schools.
  • HB 11-1188
    • Sponsored by Rep. Liston and Sen. Newell. Franchise Agreements for a Dealer to Sell Vehicles.
  • HB 11-1219
    • Sponsored by Reps. Levy and Lee and Sen. Newell. Concerning the Uniform Military and Overseas Voters Act.
  • SB 11-169
    • Sponsored by Sen. Boyd and Rep. Summers. Regulation of People Working within a Physical Therapist’s Scope of Practice.

For a complete list of Governor Hickenlooper’s 2011 legislation decisions click here.