Why on earth can’t Democrats be honest here and say what is really wrong and why this bill went back to committee? It would have been adequate to blame the Rs for rushing the bill in the Senate but then acknowledge good reasons for backtracking. Instead pure establishment propaganda. Why? No wonder voters are unhappy with the parties. Both parties.
Comments added inline in [CAPS] below by Harvie Branscomb.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
April 6, 2015
Jessica Bralish, Communications Director
At stake: The right to vote in every election for overseas military personnel
DENVER — In a rare procedural move, the Senate Republicans re-sent a bill on military voting rights back to committee. The bill (HB 15-1130) ensures that overseas military personnel and overseas citizens can exercise their right to vote in every election.
[NO, IT DOESN’T – FAR TOO MANY CRUCIAL PROCEDURAL ELEMENTS OMITTED AND THE SECRETARY OF STATE DOES NOT WRITE RULES FOR THESE MUNICIPAL ELECTIONS.]
Continue reading Dem press release on HB1130 as defective as the bill
It’s not so disappointing that HB1130 is so poorly crafted or that the legislature doesn’t have time to notice.
Or that the bill is advertised to be supportive of military even though that seems to be at best a poorly executed side effect.
That is normal at COleg.
What is really devastating for citizens watching and attempting to interact from the outside of this system is that no matter how crucial the omissions and flaws are and how hard we work to point them out or even to write better language, insiders defend the poor language with seemingly blinded tenacity and appalling lack of consideration for implementation.
I hear reports of influential folk threatening to have the bill pass on thirds without amendment. I am simply aghast at what I hear from Denver.
Its time for Democrats to stop following lockstep the old guard lawyers and lobbyists for non-accountable private associations of elected officials and start paying attention to reality.
Especially when Republicans are not.
Its time to listen to people who do not have a vested interest.
There is nothing more to say and nothing more we could do… third reading locks out the public.
Best to kill this bill and rewrite it to include the full UOCAVA procedures provided for in Title 1-8.3 and also add the SOS oversight.
I would like to see the legislature assist the military to vote responsibly and the towns to count the votes with integrity. This bill doesn’t do it.
Sorry to always be a spoiler. There is no other role available. As hard as it is to be a legislator it is harder to be advising from the outside.