Crowder Bill Aiding Rural Voters Advances

Denver -- A measure designed to expand voting options for rural Coloradans, while also bolstering their confidence in the system, passed an important first hurdle at the Statehouse Wednesday, on a 3 to 2 vote of the Senate State, Veterans and Military Affairs Committee.

The author of SB-74, Senator Larry Crowder (R-Alamosa), said he hopes the bill will help increase rural participation rates by expanding voting options, while improved confidence that rural votes will be counted in a timely fashion.

"This bill makes common sense, cost-effective changes in how ballots are handled, which will reduce barriers to rural voting and improve public confidence in how votes are counted," said Crowder. "We just want to level the playing field so rural voters get the same level of service as urban voters do."

SB-74 allows voters to opt out of automatically receiving a mailed ballot and instead vote in person at a physical polling center. It also authorizes the Secretary of State to purchase one secure drop box and surveillance camera for each county, using federal funds awarded through the "Help America Vote Act."

SB-74 next moves to the Senate Finance Committee for action.

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