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Major Colorado Election Changes Pass House

DENVER (AP) – House Democrats passed an overhaul of how elections are run in Colorado amid unanimous opposition from Republicans.

The bill approved Friday on a party-line vote includes same-day voter registration and sending a ballot to every voter. They could still vote in person.

Republican leaders contend they were excluded from the bill crafting. Democrats counter that Republican election clerks were part of the process.

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.

The proposal also establishes voting centers. Voters can cast ballots at any location, as opposed to having to go to a designated precinct polling place. Precinct polling places would be eliminated.

The bill now heads to the Senate.

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