If unaffiliated voters designate a preference in which major parties’ primary they want to cast a ballot without actually joining that party, they would be tagged as someone who voted in that political primary under a bill that is racing through the Colorado Legislature. Some county clerks say that provision in SB305, a bill that was introduced only last Wednesday and is being fast-tracked, flies in the face of the ballot question voters overwhelmingly approved last fall that allows unaffiliated voters to cast ballots in the party primary races without having to declare affiliation with that party. The bill, which won preliminary approval in the Colorado Senate on Friday, calls for sending voters two ballots during a primary election, with instructions to return only one.
But the bill also calls for creating a special box in voter registration forms allowing unaffiliated voters to chose a preference without actually affiliating with a party.
While they are not required to do so, those who do would only receive that party’s primary ballot for all future primaries until the voter designates a change.
Additionally, their names will be recorded in the Statewide Voter Registration System as making a preference for that party, even though they are not official members.
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