Early Voter Registration Bill Passes Senate
Today, Senate Democrats gave final approval to a measure that gives 16 and 17 year olds the ability to preregister to vote, allowing for the potential of greater voter fraud in Colorado.
“Not only will this increase costs for the Secretary of State’s office, it will also increase the likelihood of voter fraud,” said Senator Vicki Marble (R-Fort Collins) “If pre-registrants request a mail-in ballot and aren’t diligent in updating their registration address, it’s likely that ballots will be delivered to the wrong address inviting possible fraud.”
Under House Bill 1135, 16 and 17 year olds who preregister to vote will automatically be registered once they turn 18. If they do not update their address after leaving their parents’ home or entering college, a ballot will still be delivered to the address where they first registered
“This is a solution in search of a problem,” stated Marble. “Let’s increase voter participation without opening the door to greater fraud.”