HB 20-1359

  • Colorado House Bill
  • 2020 Regular Session
  • Introduced in House Mar 13, 2020
  • Passed House Mar 13, 2020
  • Passed Senate Mar 14, 2020
  • Signed by Governor Mar 16, 2020

Ballot Access Modifications Public Health Concerns


Various deadlines related to ballot access requirements for candidates are extended in 2020 due to public health concerns. Parties may amend their bylaws as needed during 2020 to allow remote participation in assemblies and conventions and to fill vacancies. Delegates to assemblies may participate remotely if allowed by the party, and parties may reduce or waive any quorum requirements to allow assemblies to proceed. Members of vacancy committees may participate in meetings remotely if allowed by the party, and parties may determine whether to allow proxies at vacancy committee meetings. The ability of the state chair to fill a vacancy is extended to situations in which the vacancy occurs because the designation was not filled by the assembly or the vacancy committee. If a party has restrictions in its rules or bylaws concerning the timing of notice requirements for meetings of the state central committee or other meetings, the timing requirements may be waived so long as at least 3 days notice is given. If a designated election official is not able to receive candidate petitions due to public health concerns, the official may extend the deadline to file the petitions or designate an alternate filing location, or both. Signatures gathered after the original deadline are not valid. The modifications are repealed effective December 31, 2020. (Note: This summary applies to this bill as enacted.)

Bill Sponsors (4)



Mar 16, 2020

Office of the Governor

Governor Signed

Office of the Governor

Sent to the Governor

Mar 14, 2020


House Considered Senate Amendments - Result was to Concur - Repass


Senate Third Reading Passed - No Amendments


Signed by the Speaker of the House


Signed by the President of the Senate

Mar 13, 2020


Senate Second Reading Special Order - Passed with Amendments - Committee


Senate Committee on State, Veterans, & Military Affairs Refer Amended - Consent Calendar to Senate Committee of the Whole

  • Committee-Passage
State, Veterans, & Military Affairs


Introduced In Senate - Assigned to State, Veterans, & Military Affairs

  • Introduction
State, Veterans, & Military Affairs


House Third Reading Passed with Amendments - Floor

Mar 12, 2020


House Second Reading Special Order - Passed with Amendments - Committee, Floor


House Committee on Judiciary Refer Amended to House Committee of the Whole

  • Committee-Passage
  • Referral-Committee
House Committee of the Whole Judiciary


Introduced In House - Assigned to Judiciary

  • Introduction

Bill Text

Bill Text Versions Format
Signed Act (03/16/2020) PDF
Final Act (03/14/2020) PDF
Rerevised (03/14/2020) PDF
Revised (03/13/2020) PDF
Reengrossed (03/13/2020) PDF
Engrossed (03/12/2020) PDF
Introduced (03/12/2020) PDF
PA2 (03/13/2020) PDF
PA1 (03/12/2020) PDF
Committee Amendment PDF

Related Documents

Document Format
Fiscal Note FN1 (03/12/2020) PDF
Fiscal Note FN2 (03/13/2020) PDF
Fiscal Note FN3 (07/24/2020) PDF


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