We live in the 21st century. Technology is changing our lives, and rendering old worries obsolete. Twenty years ago, the idea that you would have a computer in your pocket as powerful as the average smartphone today was something out of Star Trek.
It’s time to bring Colorado’s election system out of the horse and buggy era.
Our lives have changed, and election procedures in Colorado need to keep pace. When voters had only the option to register on paper, the 30-day cut off for voter registration before elections made sense. Today, counties have real-time options to register voters while Colorado law still requires a three-week cut off.
Today, it’s easy to check a voter’s status instantly. That means we can safely do away with deadlines weeks before the election to register. Allowing eligible voters to register through Election Day doesn’t change any of the legal requirements already in place to vote, it just does away with an old-fashioned deadline that no longer makes sense. Neighboring states like Wyoming, Idaho, and Montana have already made this “no-brainer” reform.
The Voter Access and Modernized Elections Act will simplify the election system, and provide consistency for voters. The bill allows several voting options, while remaining budget-friendly to counties. It gives every eligible voter a ballot and a choice of how to cast their vote: they can mail it in, take it to a service center and drop it off, vote in-person during early voting or on Election Day.
Modernizing Colorado’s election system to take advantage of the same technological advancements we take for granted in our daily lives just makes sense. Click here to send a message to your Colorado representative, and urge them to support the Voter Access and Modernized Elections Act.