Few voters realize the legal problems awaiting clerks, election officials, candidates, issue committees, municipalities, special districts and school boards. It is impossible for an election official to conduct the upcoming November election in compliance with the conflicting laws and the new law’s conflicts with the Colorado constitution. The unworkable law enhances the likelihood of endless litigation in close, hard fought, well-funded races.
The law is unworkable, the technology for same day registration is not ready, the mandatory mail ballot system is full of vulnerabilities for voter intimidation, privacy violations, and “irregularities” that will go unchecked. Despite the fatal flaws, the bill’s sponsors insist that immediate implementation is warranted.
Since the law was enacted, significant state resources were diverted to unplanned recalls, and fire and flood recovery. Most officials, without adequate resources, are not prepared for this massive change in determining who can vote in what races, on what ballot given the many technology challenges and conflicting statutes.
A simple solution would be to ask a special legislative session to delay implementation until January 2015 and use the 2014 session to sort it out and then let the officials properly prepare for 2015 “off year” elections.