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- Senators Lundberg (303-866-4853)
- Senator Fenberg (303-866-4872)
- Representatives Neville (303-866-5523)
- Representative Foote (303-866-2920)
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What should you say?
I'm calling to express my opposition to Senate Bill 17-305. Colorado citizens vote for open primaries in November and the bill would add unnecessary barriers to voter participation, threaten ballot privacy and violates the very ballot measure that voters just approved. For the integrity of our elections, it is imperative you slow down this legislative effort to give citizens and election officials time to work together on this important and complex election issue.
Consider these points as well...
- While the bill sponsors argue SB17‐305 must be passed now, the county clerks have been clear that it can be addressed legislative in January 2018 – there is no reason to rush through a poorly designed bill.
- County Clerks and election officials have internally voiced serious concerns over SB17‐305, but their voice in the process of shaping this bill has been muzzled by the parties with which they are affiliated.
- SB17‐305 forces unaffiliated voters to express a “party preference” and makes their preference public record – further undermining a core tenet of 107 & 108.
- This unnecessary bill disenfranchises active duty military, public employees, young voters and all other unaffiliated voters who, for personal or professional reasons, do not want to be labeled with a party preference.
- At least six open primary states – Montana, Michigan, Missouri, Virginia, and West Virginia – without the party preference or canvass statutes shows that party declaration is NOT necessary in order to canvass properly and ensure election integrity.
- In Washington, similar requirements to those as found in SB17-305 resulted in 43,779 valid ballots discarded due to party preference errors. Washington has abandoned these rules and has encouraged Colorado not to make the same mistake.
- SB17‐305 is based on a misguided premise that a primary is two elections. In Gessler, Scott v. Williams, Wayne W the court ruled, and Secretary Wayne Williams himself signed off on a proposed order, that the primary is a single election.
- This seemingly benign technical issue leads to the requirement of two ballots vs. one, and provides a backdoor to track data on voters’ party preference as part of the canvassing process.
Want more information please see our full breakdown on the issues surrounding Senate Bill 17-305.