With primary elections coming up, Marshall Fire victims who no longer have a permanent address may have been wondering where that leaves them when it comes time to cast their ballot.

Now, they won’t have to wonder anymore.

Gov. Jared Polis on Wednesday signed into law legislation that allows displaced fire victims to vote from their home address — even if it has been destroyed.

Under the bill, SB22-152, displaced voters that no longer have a permanent address because of a natural disaster can still use their previous address on their voter registration, even if living at a temporary location. County election clerks historically have followed a similar process for voters displaced by events such as floods and tornadoes.

Residents who were forced to evacuate will still be able to vote in the communities they call home.

SB22-152 will affect more than 1,000 residents of Superior, Louisville, and unincorporated Boulder County, none of whom were able to return to their homes after the Marshall Fire.

“Part of what makes the Colorado system of voting a national gold standard is its flexibility and ease of receiving and returning a mail ballot,” said Sen. Sonya Jaquez Lewis, who represents Boulder County.

“This law will ensure those impacted by the Marshall Fire have the flexibility they need to continue voting easily where they always have. This bill represents one of the many ways the legislature is providing support to impacted Boulder County residents and is an important piece of short term recovery. I’m grateful to have partnered with Clerk Fitzpatrick to quickly bring this bill to fruition,” she added.

Lewis was one of the primary supporters of the legislation along with Sen. Stephen Fenberg, Rep. Matt Gray and Rep. Tracey Bernett.

“My heart still breaks for the Coloradans who are struggling to rebuild their lives after losing everything they had,” said Bernett, who represents Louisville. “This law offers voters displaced by the fire the peace of mind that they will still be able to easily cast their ballot in their communities.”

The Colorado primary is June 28, and a special election in Louisville will occur April 19. Displaced voters can update their voter registration using an alternate mailing address at govotecolorado.gov.

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With primary elections coming up, Marshall Fire victims who no longer have a permanent address may have been wondering where that leaves them when it comes time to cast their ballot.

Now, they won’t have to wonder anymore.

Gov. Jared Polis on Wednesday signed into law legislation that allows displaced fire victims to vote from their home address — even if it has been destroyed.

Under the bill, SB22-152, displaced voters that no longer have a permanent address because of a natural disaster can still use their previous address on their voter registration, even if living at a temporary location. County election clerks historically have followed a similar process for voters displaced by events such as floods and tornadoes.

Residents who were forced to evacuate will still be able to vote in the communities they call home.

SB22-152 will affect more than 1,000 residents of Superior, Louisville, and unincorporated Boulder County, none of whom were able to return to their homes after the Marshall Fire.

“Part of what makes the Colorado system of voting a national gold standard is its flexibility and ease of receiving and returning a mail ballot,” said Sen. Sonya Jaquez Lewis, who represents Boulder County.

“This law will ensure those impacted by the Marshall Fire have the flexibility they need to continue voting easily where they always have. This bill represents one of the many ways the legislature is providing support to impacted Boulder County residents and is an important piece of short term recovery. I’m grateful to have partnered with Clerk Fitzpatrick to quickly bring this bill to fruition,” she added.

Lewis was one of the primary supporters of the legislation along with Sen. Stephen Fenberg, Rep. Matt Gray and Rep. Tracey Bernett.

“My heart still breaks for the Coloradans who are struggling to rebuild their lives after losing everything they had,” said Bernett, who represents Louisville. “This law offers voters displaced by the fire the peace of mind that they will still be able to easily cast their ballot in their communities.”

The Colorado primary is June 28, and a special election in Louisville will occur April 19. Displaced voters can update their voter registration using an alternate mailing address at govotecolorado.gov.

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