Elections Study Group Takes Discussion Statewide

Denver – A debate about the future of Colorado's presidential primary will continue through the summer, it was announced today, with the scheduling of 3 more meetings of the Colorado Elections Study Group, in Pueblo, Grand Junction and Ft Collins.

The goal is to ensure that as many Coloradans as possible have a chance to be heard on this critically important topic, which became the focal point of two bills that failed in the waning days of the 2016 legislative session. Based on the strong public showing at the group’s first meeting, on June 11 at the State Capitol, three new meetings were scheduled to facilitate a truly statewide discussion.

The participation of all interested parties -- Republicans, Democrats, Libertarians, independents – is encouraged.

Here's a schedule of future events:

Saturday, July 30, Grand Junction
12:30 to 3:30PM, City Hall Auditorium
250 North 5th Street, Grand Junction
Chairman: Senator Ray Scott

Friday, August 26, Pueblo
2:00 to 4:00PM, Rawlings Library, Ryals Room, 4th Floor
100 East Abriendo Avenue, Pueblo
Chairman: Senator Kevin Grantham

Saturday, September 24, Ft. Collins
1:00 to 3:30PM, Associated Students Senate Chamber
Lori Student Center, 1101 Center Avenue Mall, CSU Campus
Chairman: Senator Kevin Lundberg

"We hope the July 30 meeting in Grand Junction will build on the success of the June 11 meeting in Denver," said Senator Ray Scott, who will chair the Grand Junction meeting. "In the June meeting in Denver, we had over 30 experts and citizen witnesses offer their views on key election reform issues. We want to hear from the citizens on the Western Slope as well."

Sen. Scott is chairman of the Senate Veterans and State Affairs Committee, which reviews all election-related legislation.

Senator Kevin Grantham (R-Canon City) will chair a Pueblo public meeting on August 26. "Besides the controversial question of resurrecting a presidential primary before 2020, there are many other questions where we need much more public involvement before the legislature tackles the issue," said Grantham. "Our public town hall meetings are nonpartisan and open to every citizen who cares about keeping government accountable through fair elections and a state primary and caucus system that produces great candidates."

All meetings are open to the press as well as the public. Please contact Sean Paige at 719-337-0355 if you have questions.

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