Bill shifts votes to paper ballotsBy John Ingold, The Denver Post
Clerks criticize the plan, which allows electronic voting as a second choice.
To the cheers of Capitol bigwigs and to the cringes of a number of county clerks, Colorado lawmakers on Tuesday filed a long-awaited bill mandating a primarily paper-ballot system for elections this year.
The bill would require counties to hold polling-place elections and to first offer voters a paper ballot. Voters, however, could decide to vote on electronic voting terminals if that is how they feel more comfortable.
Voters also will be able to vote by mail or vote early.
Sen. Ken Gordon, D-Denver, said paper-ballot elections are the most reliable and trustworthy option after much of the electronic voting equipment used in the state was decertified last year for not meeting accuracy and security standards. Many of those machines have since been recertified.
"It's low-tech," said Gordon, who is the Senate majority leader. "But low-tech means it's less likely there will be computer problems."
The majority and minority leaders in both chambers are sponsoring the bill, which also has Gov. Bill Ritter's backing.
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