Our View: Election Reform Groundhog Day

August 20, 2013
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Maybe next year, Democrats will take some time to listen to the warnings put forth by opposition legislators and local officials before rubber-stamping such radical measures

Next time, maybe Democrats will listen to the warnings of opposition legislators and local officials

As if voters needed yet another reason to throw Senate President John Morse (D-Colo. Springs) and liberal Senator Angela Giron (D-Pueblo) out of office, a ruling by District Judge Robert McGahey last week provided yet another straw on the proverbial camel’s back.

Siding with a third party candidate who claimed he had been denied access to the ballot, the judge noted that a controversial piece of “election reform” legislation rushed through the General Assembly earlier this year – with support from Morse, Giron and even Governor John Hickenlooper – is in conflict with the Colorado Constitution.

Taken in concert with the raft of anti-gun measures rushed through the process by Morse and Giron during the same legislative session, we find ourselves wondering how many other pieces of bad legislation crammed through committees and signed by the state’s chief bartender don’t meet Constitutional muster.

Perhaps the most unfortunate impact of Judge McGahey’s ruling is the potential disenfranchisement of nearly 1,000 military voters currently deployed outside of these two legislative districts.

While we have always assumed that elected officials understand the law of unintended consequences, we feel compelled remind public policy wunderkinds like Representative Dan Pabon (D-Denver) and Representative Dickey Lee Hullinghorst (D-Boulder) that forcing passage of special-interest legislation (like the election “reform” bill referenced in McGahey’s opinion, and the poorly drafted gun control laws that gave rise to the current recall efforts) does, indeed, have consequences.

Maybe next year, Democrats will take some time to listen to the warnings put forth by opposition legislators and local officials before rubber-stamping every component of the national Democratic Party agenda put forth by Barack Obama and Nancy Pelosi.

Then again, maybe not.

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One Response to Our View: Election Reform Groundhog Day

  1. wrongheifer
    August 20, 2013 at 5:04 pm

    I think we should remove them to be certain…

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