Colorado June Primaries Bill Clears Senate Committee

04/12/2011 03:37 pm ET | Updated Jun 12, 2011

The State, Veterans & Military Affairs Committee of the Colorado Senate voted in favor on Tuesday of a bill that would move the state's primary elections to June.

Senate Bill 189 (embedded below), sponsored by Democrat Rollie Heath of Boulder, would move the date of the primary election from the 2nd Tuesday in August to the last Tuesday in June. The AP reports that the law would help ensure Colorado's compliance with a 2009 federal mandate designed to make it easier for service members and voters living abroad to vote.

Military and Overseas Voter Empowerment (MOVE) Act of 2009 established a strict deadline of 45 days from election day for counties to general election ballots to service members and citizens living abroad. An earlier primary would allow more time for counties to print and mail general election ballots before the deadline.

SB 189 must now be approved on the Senate floor before heading to the House for consideration.



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