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On eve of Colorado school board elections, youth coalition renews push to lower voting age

Asked how they feel about Denver’s pending school board election, some student activists use words like “hopeless” and “frustrated.” “It’s a decision that is made for you, and you want to have a voice in it, but you can’t,” said Madison Ordonez Erives, a senior at Denver’s East High School and a member of the Student […]

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The public, election officials may be kept in the dark on hacks around the U.S. But not in Colorado.

By Colleen Long and Christina A. Cassidy, The Associated Press WASHINGTON — If the FBI discovers that foreign hackers have infiltrated the networks of your county election office, you may not find out about it until after voting is over. And your governor and other state officials may be kept in the dark, too. There’s […]

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17,774 Aurora voters got a ballot instructing them to choose one at-large City Council candidate. They are supposed to be picking two.

Adams County elections officials sent ballots to thousands of Aurora voters asking them to choose just one of six at-large candidates for City Council. But voters are actually supposed to be picking two.  Aurora City Clerk Stephen Ruge confirmed the error to The Colorado Sun on Wednesday morning and said he was working with Adams […]

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Why winning the Democratic primary in Colorado won’t be easy for Bernie Sanders this time around

The way Colorado picks presidential candidates is completely different from 2016, when Democrats in the state felt the Bern. Colorado will hold its first presidential primary in two decades next year instead of political party caucuses, a move that is expected to dramatically increase turnout and will allow unaffiliated voters to participate in determining the […]

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DA makes rare ask of Colorado Supreme Court to review overturned illegal voting conviction from small town

It’s the small-town controversy with no end in sight.  Dan Hostenpiller, the 7th Judicial District attorney, has asked the Colorado Supreme Court to review the overturned illegal voting conviction from a tiny Gunnison County town, warning that without a remedy his ability to stop people from unlawfully casting ballots is in jeopardy. It’s a rare […]

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Colorado voters will be able to cast their presidential primary ballots on the same day as New Hampshire’s

Iowa and New Hampshire are synonymous with presidential primary politics, serving as a litmus test for candidates in every election cycle.   But they’ll need to make room for Colorado, too.  Colorado voters will be among the first able to cast presidential primary ballots in 2020. That’s because mail-in ballots will be sent to voters 22 […]

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11,467 Colorado parolees can now vote after new law goes into effect

Nearly 11,500 parolees in Colorado now can legally vote under a law that took effect Monday broadening voting rights for people convicted of felony crimes. State lawmakers this year passed the legislation as part of a criminal justice reform package. Before Monday, parolees had to complete their sentences before being able to cast a ballot. […]

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Illegal voting conviction in small Colorado town that prompted call for federal investigation is overturned

A judge has overturned the illegal voting conviction of a woman from a small Colorado mountain town in a case that grabbed headlines last year and prompted state officials to ask for a federal investigation into a district attorney. A Gunnison County District Court judge ruled last month that a lower court erred when it […]

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In final push, Democrats rush major changes to elections and campaign finance disclosure in Colorado

Better disclosure for campaign donations, automatic voter registration, longer hours to vote and more poll locations are a handful of the last-minute changes Democratic lawmakers want to make to Colorado election laws. The initiatives are designed to increase transparency surrounding money in politics and boost participating in elections and take effect in time for the […]

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Colorado teens won’t get to vote in school board elections after all

By Sandra Fish, Chalkbeat Colorado Colorado high school juniors and seniors won’t get to vote in school board elections, after lawmakers expressed concerns over constitutional and transparency issues. The House State, Veterans and Military Affairs Committee voted 8-1 Wednesday to postpone House Bill 1243 indefinitely, effectively killing the bill. It would  have allowed 16- and 17-year-olds to vote […]