House Bill 19-1278 and changes to Uniform Voting Rights Law

July 25, 2019 – Greeley Colorado – July Changes to Colorado’s voting rights law will affect Colorado’s March 3, 2020 Presidential Primary. Among other changes, it will empower young voters to participate in the Presidential Primary and caucuses, assemblies and conventions. 

Colorado law allows young people to pre-register to vote between their 16th and 18th birthdays.  Their registration becomes active when they turn 18. 

Under HB 19-1278:

  • Pre-registered voters who are 17 and will be 18 by the November 3 General Election will be eligible to vote in the Presidential Primary and participate in precinct caucuses, assemblies and conventions in 2020.  

  • Voters must be affiliated with a party by 22 days before the caucus to participate.  

HB 19-1278 eliminates the ‘winner-take-all’ requirement that would have awarded all of Colorado’s national convention delegates to the winner of the Presidential Primary. That provision of the ballot initiative that established the Primary would have put Colorado in conflict with Democratic National Committee requirements for fair reflection of presidential candidate preference among the national convention delegates, possibly resulting in unseating part of our delegates in 2020. The new law provides for the allocation of national convention delegates based on the state and national party rules of each party. 

Watch for further changes to the caucus and nominating process as we gear up for the 2020 campaign. If you have questions or want to volunteer as part of the team putting together the caucuses and conventions, contact Permanent Organization Committee Chair Carol Burkhart at burkhart15@comcast.net.