By Jeff Gurney

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.

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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.

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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.
Memorial Day
4th of July
Labor Day
Election day
Veterans Day

LINK: Bill 19-1056

Jeff Gurney

  1. Janet Le Clainche says:

    I’m totally for it. Columbus Day is meaningless to most Americans. But having a holiday on the same day you can vote is great. Having said that, most Coloradans can vote by mail if they want, so it may not be as significant as in states where there is no vote by mail.

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