The governor is expected to sign a measure into law that would redefine how elections in Colorado are run, allowing same-day voter registration and having ballots mailed to all registered voters. Democratic Gov. John Hickenlooper is expected to sign the Democrat-sponsored bill Friday, according to two people working closely with the measure. They asked to remain anonymous because an official announcement had not been made. The bill passed with unanimous support from Democrats, but not a single Republican voted for it, citing concerns about voter fraud with same-day registration. Republicans also argued the measure would be a game-changer for future elections, and some called the measure the most important of the session that was packed with contentious legislation.
Under the bill, every registered voter would get a ballot by mail, although they still could vote in person at any of the vote centers established by the bill, instead of the current system of going to a designated precinct polling place. Those would be eliminated.
The bill also would eliminate the category of “inactive” voters. That category currently applies to voters who skip even one election and restricts their ability to get ballots by mail.