Before last fall’s election, Colorado’s new mail-ballot election system was viewed with suspicion in conservative media channels as rife for corruption, inconvenience and higher costs. But one-third of the way through the legislative session that has more Republicans in the House and a new GOP-controlled Senate, little has been proposed to remedy those concerns. The 2013 law provided a mail ballot to every registered voter, including those formerly considered inactive because they hadn’t cast a ballot in a while. A report by the Colorado Voter Access and Modernized Elections Commission that examined the new law’s performance is due Tuesday, but it isn’t expected to cite major flaws or offer significant proposals for change, according to commission members.
House Speaker Dickey Lee Hullinghorst, D-Boulder, sponsored the bill two years ago and said she’s pleased but not surprised that Republicans who opposed it then aren’t trying to unwind it now.
“The vindication of the law was the election itself,” she said. “There were very few problems that I’ve heard of, voter turnout was up, and the voters and county clerks seemed to be pleased with the experience.”