Colorado Legislative Council Staff



Drafting Number:

Prime Sponsor(s):

LLS 99-0281

Rep. Berry

Sen. Reeves


Bill Status:

Fiscal Analyst:

January 5, 1999

House SVMA

Scott Nachtrieb (303-866-4752)



Fiscal Impact Summary

FY 1999/2000

FY 2000/2001

State Revenues

General Fund



State Expenditures

Cash Fund

Potential Increase

Potential Increase

FTE Position Change

0.0 FTE

0.0 FTE

Other State Impact: None

Effective Date: Upon the Governor's signature

Appropriation Summary for FY 1999-2000: None

Local Government Impact: Conditional impact to county election offices.

Summary of Legislation

            The bill would require the Secretary of State to certify primary, general, congressional vacancy, and presidential primary elections to the counties no later than 55 days prior to the election. The election official issuing a certification of a ballot would be responsible for information on the ballot. Reprinted ballots would be paid for by the election official responsible for the error.

State Expenditures

            The amount of any fiscal impact from this bill would be dependant upon the Secretary of State accurately certifying a ballot. Should the Secretary of State make an error when certifying a ballot, the Secretary of State would be responsible for the costs of reprinting the ballots. If no errors are made, there would be no fiscal impact. The cost of reprinting ballots would be dependent upon the number of ballots affected by an error.

Local Government Impact

            Local government election officials would be responsible for any errors made when certifying a ballot. Any ballot that would need to be reprinted as a result of a local government election official's error would be paid for by the election official's office. Under current law, county officials are responsible for printing ballots. Should another county or state official be responsible for an error that resulted in a ballot being reprinted, the responsible election official would pay the costs and the counties would be reimbursed for any costs they may incur.

State Appropriations

            No state appropriation would be necessary.

Departments Contacted

            Secretary of State