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May 29, 2011 12:18 AM by John Romero

Voting dates changed for more military participation

DENVER (AP) - Gov. John Hickenlooper has signed a bill that changes the dates for some elections in Colorado so the state complies with a federal law aimed at giving military and others living overseas enough time to vote.

The bill Hickenlooper signed Friday makes Colorado's primary elections and precinct caucuses happen earlier on even-numbered years. The bill also requires that mail-in ballots be delivered or mailed to military personnel serving overseas 45 days before an election, instead of the current 30 days.

The bill sets Colorado's primary election as the last Tuesday in June, as opposed to the second Tuesday in August. Precinct caucuses would happen the first Tuesday in March, instead of the third Tuesday in March.

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