Democrats push no-residency election law

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Sen Grantham speaks Monday, flanked by Rep. Murray and Sen. Lundberg

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo., February 4, 2014—Rather than admitting the failure of last year’s House Bill 13-1303 to re-write Colorado election law, Democrats have doubled down on unregulated elections by writing a new law that, among other things, eliminates residency requirements for local elections. Despite widespread opposition to their proposed new election law, House Democrats have passed it quickly, moving it forward to the senate.

The Denver Post editorialized, “…even supporters of HB 1164 ought to recognize that its rushed handling is a disservice to informed lawmaking.”

Late last week, House Republican co-sponsor Carole Murray backed out of sponsoring the bill. Said Murray, “I agreed to participate in the bill because as a former county clerk, I understand the administrative challenges of the variety of elections that we need to conduct, but as I got into being responsible for this bill, I realized that there was just no way to avoid the policy reality that we were forcing our jurisdictions in our local governments to reject a requirement for jurisdictional residency.”

Sen. Ellen Roberts (R-Durango) removed herself as senate sponsor, leaving Democrats with no cover.


Last year’s bill removed residency requirements at the state level but left unclear were the requirements at the local level. Instead of fixing the state residency requirements, Democrats have simply eliminated them at the local level as well.

The city of Broomfield has been in the spotlight after the secretary of state’s office listed alleged elections administration errors, much of which related to residency requirements. Before 2013 and the new election law, Broomfield had not been involved in any election lawsuits; now there are five. House Bill 1164 fixes that by simply stating that the Broomfield election results are confirmed—no proof or process needed.

Meanwhile, a Republican effort by Sen. Kevin Lundberg to allow citizens to opt out of mandatory mail-in ballots was killed on a party-line vote Monday evening. Even the League of Women Voters had supported the bill. This is not unusual for Republican bills: of the initial 39 bills submitted in the Colorado senate, 19 were immediately sent to the designated “kill committee” without hearings.

With no one other than radical Democrats and a few election officials supporting the new bill, Senators Kevin Grantham and Kevin Lundberg Monday submitted a compromise proposal. They were joined by Representatives Carole Murray and Libby Szabo.

Their bill will put last year’s election law (HB13-1303) on hold for two years. This would allow a bipartisan commission time to consider recommending changes to election law, instead of the “my-way-or-the-highway” approach the Democrats have used to date.

Said Lundberg, “Our bill will have a tough time gaining acceptance with this legislature, but it is still the right thing to do.”

In 1992, Edward Djerejian, then Assistant Secretary of State for Near Eastern Affairs, characterized the goals of Islamic radicals as “One man, one vote, one time.” The phrase was resurrected in Egypt as Morsi and the Muslim Brotherhood took power in Egypt. It means that your vote for a radical Islamist is your last vote.

In Colorado, radical leftist Democrats seem to be seeking the same state of affairs. The recall of two senators and the forced resignation of a third has not changed their iron-fisted control of the legislature. They do not listen to opposition, their hearings—when they are allowed—resemble “show trials,” and their legislation passes through the legislature at light speed.

Under a picture of Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning, the Denver Post opined on Saturday that “”Hurry! Hurry!” is no way to pass legislation” although it may be fine for a football team.

In the Superbowl Sunday, “Hurry Hurry!” didn’t work out so well for the Broncos. Yet that was “just” a football game and there’s always next year.

Election reform likewise won’t work out so well for Colorado. For free and fair elections, there might not be a next year.

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  • GettingOlder58

    Simple solution to the BS. Finger print all voters at the entry line for all elections. Once the finger print has cleared all known data bases and the individual is not a criminal felon, or wanted by the law, then let them vote. If they try an vote a second time in the same election anywhere in the United States, when caught automatic imprisonment for 4 years, automatic fine of 250,000 US Dollars and the loss of ever voting again in the United States, in any election. If they ever attempt to vote after their 1st conviction for voter fraud they will be automatically imprisoned for 8 years, automatically fined 500,000 US Dollars and the removal of the tips of the fingers to prevent even the attempt to vote again. Voter Fraud will stop dead in its tracks.

    • La Lummus

      amen nobody should have problem with this except for the frauds.

    • Kathy Wayer

      I’m not for mutilation there is too much of that in this Islamic world we are awaking to, but I like sure proof ID to vote as in fingerprinting. Driver’s license, or State ID. The Democrats better forget about running for office at any level of government in any state, if they continue to support these anti-American laws. Can you imagine the polling places void of all the communistic voters?

      • Clifford Fargason

        you folks are trying to disenfranchise all the breathing impaired Americans. Just because their address is a cemetery is no reason for them to lose their right to vote.

        • colleenf

          Good point!

    • jims_blog

      SOUNDS “REASONABLE” TO ME!!!

    • acmaurer

      It may not surprise you to learn that Colorado does not require photo ID to vote. Can’t get it passed by EITHER party.

      • Tim Kern

        I was astounded the last time I moved to Colorado. All they wanted was an address and a name. I offered ID, and they said they couldn’t look at it. I asked how this would prevent fraud, and they said that I’d have to appear to be over 18 and know the registered name when I came in to vote; also, they said, “How would you get your registration card if you didn’t have a legitimate address?” Wow — that was a tough one!

  • Frank R Gonzalez

    no I.D NO VOTE

  • Pete Roberto

    will never go back nor will my family plus extended go back. Many skiers in family, Colorado has become the state almost as bad as Calif. & NY

    • jims_blog

      “WORSE THAN EITHER” and I thought that was “IMPOSSIABLE”!!! STUPID IDIOTS!!!

  • liberalssuck

    We need to get rid of these folks in a less then 10 months.

  • John Burney Sr

    Well if they open elections for everone in the country which it sounds like.. Maybe you can recruit out of State voters???? Good luck!!!!

  • jims_blog

    Glad I don’t live in this “fuked up State”!!! Dumbasses

  • batmanroxus

    You have to deal with democrats just like you deal with any other crook, and you sure as hell don’t give them the keys to corrupt the system. They know republicans have morals and won’t do anything immoral which leaves them wide open to exploit every unlawful thing in the land. Yes I’m glad I don’t live there. What a hell hole, the next Illinois no doubt.

  • Julie Cunningham

    Who are these people in this once great “western state”…………..

  • trustnooneinpower

    What the help is going on in Colorado? I think they’ve lost their minds!

  • Leftbehind

    They all on Drugs out there ??

  • Michael Santarella

    BETTER SOLUTION. LOCK UP THESE IDIOT “LAW MAKERS” AND THROW AWAY THE KEY

  • colleenf

    This absurdity just reinforces the democrap mantra: vote early and often….anywhere you can.

  • Gary Iampaglia

    You just can’t make this stuff up!!!!!

  • Tim Kern

    Let me know when the vote will take place. I’ll swing through a few dozen precincts and let my voice be heard. They won’t notice the Indiana plates on my car, will they? And don’t you dare ask for ID!