COLORADO SPRINGS – With Major League Baseball citing Georgia’s new electoral law as the reason for moving the All Star game from Atlanta to Denver this year, you might be wondering: Are electoral laws really that different in Colorado?
If you ask former Colorado Republican Secretary of State Wayne Williams the answer is yes, Colorado electoral laws are different, although some differences are less than others.
"Colorado electoral laws are very good," said Williams. "That's why Colorado has been called the gold standard by a number of people."
Let's compare and contrast.
You may have heard that the new Georgia law requires voters to show ID in order to vote. Same goes for Colorado.
"Everyone in Colorado must show ID or ID to be eligible to vote," Williams said.
On the surface, the two states' voter ID laws may sound the same, but there are some slight differences.
In Georgia, you must show ID to vote by mail or in person. However, if you are voting by mail in Colorado, you only need to do so the first time you are voting by mail.
"Once you've verified who you are, your signature will serve as that verification in the future," Williams said.
When voting by post, the differences are day and night.
In Georgia, you must have a specific reason to request a postal vote and you can request that postal vote no earlier than 78 days before and no less than 11 days before an election.
"Colorado has long since made no provision to have a reason to vote by mail," Williams said.
In fact, postal voting is essentially the standard in Colorado.
"By 2013, about 70 percent of the state said just send me a postal ballot."
For this reason, postal voting soon became law in the US state of Colorado.
If you'd like to submit this ballot, you can drop it off in Colorado.
"There's at least one in every county," said Williams.
Georgian law also requires at least one Dropbox in each county. However, it limits the number of Dropboxes to no more than one per 100,000 voters in a county.
In Colorado, the law requires counties to deliver at least one Dropbox for every 12,500 voters.
"Colorado makes it very easy for people to cast a vote," said Williams. “We want to make it easy to vote and hard to cheat. And that really should be the national standard in my opinion. "