DENVER (CBS4)– Two state lawmakers want to create a new holiday for Election Day in Colorado. The idea would be to replace the Columbus Day holiday with Election Day.
The bill establishes Election Day as a legal holiday in Colorado. It defines Election Day to fall on the day of a general election in even-numbered years and the day on which ballot issues must be decided under Colorado’s constitution in odd-numbered years.
Rep. Adrienne Benavidez and Sen. Julie Gonzales are the prime sponsors. They site fostering participation as a reason for the holiday.
They also say Colorado has always tried to make voting easier and more accessible.
The lawmakers believe replacing Columbus Day as a state holiday is not meant to take away from recognizing Colorado’s Italian-American community’s contributions to the state.
If passed, Colorado’s legal state holidays would be:
New Year’s Day
Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
4th of July
LINK: Bill 19-1056