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Apr 8, 2013 4:55 PM by Connie Murphy

Colo. Democrats push for big election changes

DENVER (AP) - Colorado Democrats are planning sweeping changes to how elections are run in the state. Democrats want to allow same-day voter registration and to require that every registered voter gets a ballot by mail.

A bill more than 100 pages long is expected to be introduced this week. It has already drawn the ire of Republicans who say the changes are aimed at helping Democrats win.

Republican Secretary of State Scott Gessler, who oversees elections, says he wasn't consulted. State Republican Party Chairman Ryan Call says he's concerned about potential voter fraud that will benefit Democrats.

Supporters of the bill say the goal is to make voting accessible to more people and that the worries about voter fraud are unfounded.

Democrats control the Legislature after two years of split-party rule.

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