Senate Democrats pass Colo. elections overhaul

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DENVER (AP) -- A Democrat-sponsored bill redefining Colorado elections to include same-day voter registration and sending ballots by mail to all voters passed the Senate without support from Republicans who raised concerns about fraud.

The bill passed Thursday on a 20-15 vote. The House also passed the bill without Republican support.

In addition to same-day registration and ballots by mail, the proposal would establishes voting centers so people could cast ballots at any location, as opposed to having to go to a designated precinct polling place. Precinct polling places would be eliminated.

The bill would also eliminate the category of "inactive" voters, a designation that restricts voters' ability to get mail ballots.

Democrats say the goal is to make it easier to vote.

Lawmakers must agree on minor changes to bill before sending it to the governor.

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