Taylor bill clears Senate

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A bill by Republican state Sen. Jack Taylor of Steamboat Springs passed unanimously through the Senate on Monday at the state Capitol in Denver.

Senate Bill 62, which the Senate approved with a 35-0 vote, would require Colorado's secretary of state to set up procedures that would enable Colorado military personnel serving overseas during elections to vote by facsimile. It also would allow the secretary of state, currently Gigi Dennis, to establish procedures for overseas personnel to vote by e-mail.

"The current overseas voting process is very time consuming, and many times, votes are not even counted," Taylor said. "By allowing our servicemen and women to vote by e-mail, we can greatly simplify the process and ensure that all military votes are received and counted."

Senate Bill 62 is co-sponsored by state Rep. Wes McKinley, D-Walsh.

A fiscal note prepared by a member of the Legislative Council said the bill, if approved, would have no fiscal effect on the state and "negligible" effects on county clerks.

The bill next moves to the House of Representatives for consideration. If approved there, Gov. Bill Owens will decide whether to make the bill a law.

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