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1-5-603. Adoption and payment for voting machines

Overview of Statute

The governing body of a political subdivision may adopt any kind of voting machine that meets the statutorily imposed requirements. The governing body that adopts and purchases or leases the equipment will pay the costs associated with the equipment. Those obligations will be payable at the time determined by the governing body so long as it is not more than ten years after their issuance.


The governing body of any political subdivision may adopt for use at elections any kind of voting machine fulfilling the requirements for voting machines set forth in this part 6. These voting machines may be used at any or all elections held in the political subdivision for casting, registering, and counting votes. The governing body of any political subdivision which adopts and purchases or leases voting machines shall provide for the payment of the purchase price or the rent in such manner as may be in the best interest of the political subdivision and may for that purpose provide for the issuance of interest-bearing bonds, certificates of indebtedness, or other obligations, which shall be a charge upon the county. The bonds, certificates of indebtedness, or other obligations may be made payable at such times, not exceeding ten years from the date of issue, as may be determined by the governing body but shall not be issued or sold at less than par.

Source: L. 92: Entire article R&RE, p. 719, § 8, effective January 1, 1993.L. 2007: Entire section amended, p. 2017, § 1, effective June 1.

Editor’s note: This section is similar to former § 1-6-603 as it existed prior to 1992.

Holding that the purchase of voting machines by a municipality is a local or municipal matter controlled by charter and ordinances rather than by statute. Kingsley v. City County of Denver, 126 Colo. 194, 247 P.2d 805 (1952) (decided under former law).

Definition [Political subdivision]

A governing subdivision of the state, including counties, municipalities, school districts, and special districts. C.R.S. § 1-7.5-103.

Definition [Section]

A bound compilation of initiative forms approved by the secretary of state, which shall include pages that contain the warning required by section 1-40-110 (1), the ballot title, the abstract required by section 1-40-110 (3), and a copy of the proposed measure; succeeding pages that contain the warning, the ballot title, and ruled lines numbered consecutively for registered electors’ signatures; and a final page that contains the affidavit required by section 1-40-111 (2). Each section shall be consecutively prenumbered by the petitioner prior to circulation.

Definition [Election]

Any election under the “Uniform Election Code of 1992” or the “Colorado Municipal Election Code of 1965”, article 10 of title 31, C.R.S. C.R.S. § 1-7.5-103.


Colorado Cases

Case Name: Kingsley v. City County of Denver

Citation: 247 P.2d 805 (Colo. 1952)

Year: 1952

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Case Summary: Holding that, because payments of city funds had to be restricted to the purposes for which they were appropriated, municipal assembly could not spend a surplus on other obligations when they appropriated a larger sum than necessary to pay a particular debt.

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