Colorado

Feb 21, 2010 11:58 AM by Associated Press

Unaffiliated lawmaker wants to change ballot rules

The only unaffiliated member in Colorado's Legislature is trying to make it easier for other independent candidates to get on the ballot.

Rep. Kathleen Curry of Gunnison was a Democrat until late last year when she announced she was switching to unaffiliated. But it was too late for her to win a spot on the ballot because Colorado requires unaffiliated candidates to be registered as such for 17 months before an election.

The requirement for Republican and Democratic candidates is only 12 months although parties can shorten that wait if they want to.

A bill up for its first vote Monday would change the rules to say that all candidates be registered with their party or be listed as unaffiliated by Jan. 1 of the election year.

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