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Signature Verification In Municipal Mail Ballot Election

Concerning a signature verification requirement for municipal mail ballot elections, and, in connection therewith, making an appropriation.
2016 Regular Session
Elections & Redistricting
Local Government
Bill Summary

For a mail ballot election conducted after March 30, 2018, under the 'Colorado Municipal Election Code of 1965', the act:
  • Requires election judges to compare a municipal elector's signature on a mail ballot return envelope self-affirmation with one of the elector's digitized signatures stored in the statewide voter registration system, commonly referred to as 'SCORE';
  • Grants municipal clerks access to SCORE for signature verification purposes;
  • Specifies signature features that require election judges to perform additional research;
  • Authorizes the use of signature verification devices to perform these comparisons;
  • Describes the procedures for clerks and election judges to follow based on the outcomes of such comparisons; and
  • Requires municipal clerks to provide training to election judges who compare signatures.

To implement the act, $15,450 is appropriated to the information technology services division of the department of state for the 2016-17 fiscal year.

(Note: This summary applies to this bill as enacted.)


Became Law


Bill Text

The effective date for bills enacted without a safety clause is August 7, 2024, if the General Assembly adjourns sine die on May 8, 2024, unless otherwise specified. Details