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Colorado's electoral mockery

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Colorado is poised to deliver an object lesson in the chaos Democrats create when they have a free hand to “reform” election law.

The state Legislature passed the Voter Access and Modernized Elections Act in May without a single Republican vote. Its first test comes this week in Colorado Springs and Pueblo, with recall elections of Democrat state senators who supported sweeping gun-control legislation.

The new election law doesn't require photo ID. At least one dead voter has been mailed a special recall-voting registration card, The Washington Times reports. But it gets worse.

All that's now required to vote in Colorado, says the free-market Independence Institute of Denver via its Bring in the Vote website, is being 18 or older; living in Colorado for at least 22 days; having an address, even if it's a hotel or homeless shelter; and affirming intent to make that address one's permanent home.

“Because both recall elections allow early voting, Colorado voters could declare their intent to live in Colorado Springs on Monday, then declare their intention to live in Pueblo on Tuesday, which would allow them to cast ballots in both elections,” The Times says.

“I believe the winner ... will be the candidate who has the most buses” to bring in what are being called “gypsy voters,” says Jon Caldara, the institute's president.

If Democrats intended their new law to make Colorado balloting a mockery of electoral integrity, they're succeeding.

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