Yesterday, on a party-line vote the House State, Veterans and Military Affairs Committee killed a bipartisan measure to save county governments from financing costly and unnecessary elections. Democrats killed the bill even though it carried the support of both Republican and Democrat county clerks who were tired of wasting money on uncontested primaries.
“With their ‘no’ vote on this money-saving bill, Democrats put party politics above their constituents,” said state Rep. Carole Murray, R-Castle Rock. “To them, gleaning statistics from returned ballots is more important than saving taxpayer dollars. This is one of the most egregious anti-citizen votes I’ve seen in my five years at the capitol.”
House Bill 1067, also sponsored by state Rep. Jeanne Labuda, D-Denver, would have required county clerks to cancel a major political party’s primary election if the race was uncontested 60 days before the election date.
In 2012, 28 of 360 primary elections were contested. One estimate projected Denver County would save $100,000 per primary election if Murray’s bill had passed, and statewide, the savings could reach a million dollars.
“Why Democrats chose to waste our state’s scarce resources on mailing ballots that have only one choice is beyond me,” Murray said. “This flies in the face of good government and common sense.”