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Colo. acts to ease path for voter signup

DENVER — In a bitter fight, Colorado Democrats recently muscled through the State House a massive elections reform bill that allows voters to register until Election Day and still cast their ballots.

It’s the latest development in a nationwide Democratic Party effort to strike back at two years of Republican success in passing measures to require identification at polling places and purge rolls of suspect voters.

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Democratic-controlled states such as California, Connecticut, and Maryland also all have sought to make it easier to cast a ballot as late as possible. They recently passed versions of same-day voter registration measures, which traditionally help younger and poorer voters — the sort who lean Democratic.

Undaunted, the GOP is aggressively fighting the efforts.

Maine Republicans tried to roll back same-day registration in 2011 but were unsuccessful. And Montana Republicans hope to rescind their state’s same-day registration through a ballot referendum next year.

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