Parolee Voting Survives Committee

A bill that would allow parolees to vote survived a Senate Judiciary committee hearing today by a 4-3 partisan vote.

Before that, the panel also decided on a 4-3 vote to kill a motion by Sen. Shawn Mitchell, R-Broomfield, to strike the clause that would allow parolees to vote.

The proposal now heads to the Senate floor for further debate. The hearing was generally positive for the bill, while the clause to allow parolees to vote took center stage.

Groups like the ACLU and Colorado Criminal Justice Reform Coalition spoke in favor of the bill, while representatives from the County Sheriffs of Colorado spoke out against it.

The proposal has now been passed by the Senate State, Veterans, & Military Affairs committee along with the Judiciary committee.

Erin Rosa was born in Spain and raised in Colorado Springs. She is a freelance writer currently living in Denver. Rosa's work has been featured in a variety of news outlets including the Huffington Post, Democracy Now!, and the Rocky Mountain Chronicle, an alternative-weekly in Northern Colorado where she worked as a columnist covering the state legislature. Rosa has received awards from the Society of Professional Journalists for her reporting on lobbying and woman's health issues. She was also tapped with a rare honorable mention award by the Newspaper Guild-CWA's David S. Barr Award in 2008--only the second such honor conferred in its nine-year history--for her investigative series covering the federal government's Supermax prison in the state. Rosa covers the labor community, corrections, immigration and government transparency matters. She can be reached at