Lawmakers Kill Paper Ballot Bill

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Denver (AP) A proposal to switch to a statewide paper ballot election is now officially dead.

The senate appropriations committee voted 8-1 to kill the bill and ensure that it won't be brought back again this legislative session.

Ssenate Majority Leader Ken Gordon didn't even show up to ask the committee to pass the bill a day after Gov. Bill Ritter and other lawmakers pulled their support. Chairman John Morse said Gordon didn't want to “witness this spectacle.”

Morse, a democrat from Colorado Springs , was the only senator to vote for the bill even though all the funding for it had dried up.