Bill to punish lying about elections faces CO test

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Colorado Democrats have prevailed so far on a proposal to stiffen penalties for people who lie about elections to suppress the vote.

Now the proposal faces a tougher hurdle in a committee controlled by the GOP.

The bill makes it a felony to intentionally lie about an election with the “intent to prevent a person from voting.” Such behavior is already illegal, but Democratic sponsors say the lawmakers should send a message by making penalties tougher.

Republicans including Attorney General John Suthers oppose the bill. They say the crime of lying to suppress voting is very rare and that the measure would require burdensome new reports from local prosecutors.