Paper Ballot Vote Postponed

By: Frances Algeo Email
By: Frances Algeo Email

Colorado lawmakers have postponed voting on a bill requiring most counties to use paper ballots in the upcoming elections.

On Monday afternoon, Senate Majority Leader Ken Gordon asked for the delay when it was discovered lawmakers didn't have an estimate of how much the plan would cost.

County clerks strongly oppose the bill. They estimate it would cost the state more than $11 million to switch to mostly paper ballots in November.
Many counties have already bought electronic voting machines, and would now need to find a way to purchase ballot counting machines.

In December most of Colorado's electronic voting machines were decertified by Secretary of State Mike Coffman amidst concerns over their security and accuracy.

Coffman has since recertified most of the machines, with stipulations after listening to public testimony and learning the results of a trial-run from clerks who use the machines.


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