Monday, May 23, 2022

Vote Without Fear Act signed into law by Governor Police

GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (KREX) — After being sent to Governor Polis’ office on March 25, The Vote Without Fear Act (HB22-1086) has been signed into law. The bill prohibits any person from openly carrying a firearm within any polling location of with 100 feet of a ballot drop box.

“Every eligible Colorado voter, Republican, Democrat, and Unaffiliated, deserves to cast their ballot without fear of intimidation,” said Secretary of State Jena Griswold. “I want to thank Representatives Sullivan and Bacon and Senators Fields and Jaquez Lewis for their leadership on this important piece of legislation that will strengthen Colorado’s democracy and uphold the rights’ of Colorado voters no matter where they live.”

The bill was one of Secretary Griswold’s top priorities for the legislative session of 2022. According to a release from Griswold’s office, “the law strengthens pre-existing voter intimidation laws and puts common-sense measures in place to ensure every voter can cast a ballot at a drop box or Voter Service & Polling Center without fear.”

In addition to HB22-1086, Governor Polis also signed the State Employee Total Compensation Philosophy (HB22-1266), the Reasonable Independence of Children (HB22-1090), the Work Opportunities For Offenders In Department Of Corrections (SB22-050), and the Eliminate Signature Requirement Certain Citations (HB22-1150) into law.

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