As local elections take place nationwide, voters in Colorado are enjoying greater access to the ballot than ever as the state’s vote-by-mail system allows residents to bypass long lines at polling places.
The state also has voting measures which include automatic voter registration with driver’s license services, an extension of the vote to parolees, and allowance for some 17-year-olds to vote in primary elections.
Colorado is considered an example for states needing to expand voter access at a time when Republican legislatures and statehouses across the country are attempting to suppress the vote.
Democracy Now! speaks with Jena Griswold, Colorado’s secretary of state, who says that Colorado has “the highest percentage of eligible citizens registered to vote, and our participation rates are often the first or second for the entire nation.”
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