Colorado House gives preliminary nod to ballot selfies

The Denver Post: The Colorado House of Representatives on Monday gave preliminary approval to a bill making it legal to post ballot selfies.

The bill comes after a federal judge ahead of the November election suggested that the state’s 125-year-old law banning voters from showing completed ballots violates free speech rights and imposed a temporary injunction blocking its enforcement.

House Bill 1014, sponsored by state Reps. Paul Rosenthal, D-Denver, and Dave Williams, R-Colorado Springs, would repeal the law, which prohibits voters from disclosing their ballot. The first version of the bill also would have explicitly outlawed vote trading, but that provision was later eliminated.

With Monday’s voice vote, the measure moves to a final vote in the House later this week, where if it passes, it would be sent on to the state Senate.

But while it has received bipartisan support so far, passage in the GOP-controlled Senate is far from certain. Secretary of State Wayne Williams, a Republican, has fought in federal court to keep the law in place, and attempts in the past two years have failed to repeal it.

Williams had suggested he would support this year’s bill, but only if it included the provision barring vote trading, a practice that’s a nonissue in most years. But in 2016, it was pushed to the forefront by the TrumpTraders movement, in which voters in states without a competitive presidential election offered to trade votes with a swing-state voter as part of an effort to stop Donald Trump from winning the White House.

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