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HB 1252: Proof of Citizenship for Voter Registration

Immigrants’ Rights | Voting Rights
Bill Number: HB11 1252
Year: 2011
ACLU Position: Active Oppose
Sponsors: Holbert, Harvey


The bill requires the secretary of state to periodically check the statewide voter registration database against lists maintained by federal and state agencies to determine whether registered electors are citizens of the United States. If there is evidence that a registered elector is not a citizen, the bill requires the secretary of state to notify the registered elector. The registered elector must, within 90 days of receipt of such notice, provide proof of citizenship to the secretary of state.

If the registered elector does not have proof and cannot obtain a birth certificate for financial reasons, the secretary of state will either certify the registered elector's name to the state registrar for vital statistics and request a copy of the birth certificate or, for electors born in a state other than Colorado, request from the appropriate governmental entity the registered elector's birth certificate.

If the registered elector does not provide proof of citizenship, the county clerk and recorder will mark the registered elector's registration record "Incomplete". An elector whose record has been marked "Incomplete" for failure to provide proof of citizenship may, within 6 years, be reinstated by providing proof of citizenship. An elector whose record has been marked "Incomplete" for failure to provide proof of citizenship and who tries to reregister must provide proof of citizenship or the registration will remain marked as "Incomplete".

Current Status:

02/09/2011 Introduced In House - Assigned to State, Veterans, & Military Affairs
03/10/2011 House Committee on State, Veterans, & Military Affairs Refer Amended to Appropriations
04/01/2011 House Committee on Appropriations Refer Amended to House Committee of the Whole
04/07/2011 House Second Reading Passed with Amendments
04/08/2011 House Third Reading Passed
04/11/2011 Introduced In Senate - Assigned to State, Veterans & Military Affairs

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