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HB 20-1149: 16-year-olds Voting In School District Elections

Bill Summary:

The bill allows a person who is preregistered to vote in school district elections beginning at 16 years of age. A school district election is defined as an election to recall a school district officer or an election called under title 22, Colorado Revised Statutes, including elections for: The state board of education; School district officers; Referred measures to impose or increase mill levies or to raise and expend property taxes; Referred measures relating to the organization of or plan of representation for school districts; and Referred measures related to the financial obligations and indebtedness of school districts. When a person preregisters, they must receive information concerning their eligibility to vote in school district elections and how to update their preregistration information and obtain and cast a ballot. The bill repeals the requirement that the voter information of preregistrants be kept confidential. A preregistrant is automatically registered to vote in all elections upon turning age 18. Individuals committed to juvenile detention facilities must be given information about their right to preregister and vote in school district elections. A preregistrant can circulate and sign petitions to nominate or recall a school district officer or to initiate an election under title 22, Colorado Revised Statutes. A preregistrant cannot run for office or be appointed to fill a vacancy. If a juvenile is charged with an election offense and no other crime is charged, the juvenile court is prohibited from transferring the charge to a district court. For any election in which preregistrants are eligible to vote and in which the county clerk and recorder has responsibilities for the election, the state is required to reimburse the county for the direct costs associated with ballots sent to preregistrants. The school district's share of the costs of the election in a cost-sharing agreement must be reduced by the amount of the state's reimbursement. (Note: This summary applies to this bill as introduced.)

CEA Position Rationale: CEA supports the ability and right for students to have a voice in elections that directly impact them.
Legislative Priorities: Prioritize Working Families and Union Values
Tier: 3

CEA Supported

House Status: Fail
Final Status: Postpone Indefinitely

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Pro-Education VoteAnti-Education VoteNo vote taken

House Votes:

Duran, MonicaDemocratDistrict 24Pro-Education Vote
Humphrey, StephenRepublicanDistrict 48Anti-Education Vote
Jaquez Lewis, SonyaDemocratDistrict 12Pro-Education Vote
Kennedy, ChrisDemocratDistrict 23Pro-Education Vote
Lontine, SusanDemocratDistrict 1Pro-Education Vote
Rich, JaniceRepublicanDistrict 55Anti-Education Vote
Sirota, EmilyDemocratDistrict 9Pro-Education Vote
Williams, DaveRepublicanDistrict 15Anti-Education Vote
Woodrow, StevenDemocratDistrict 15Pro-Education Vote