New Bipartisan Presidential Primary Bill Emerges As Session Nears End

A stalled effort to move Colorado to a presidential primary is getting new life in the final days of the state legislative session.

A bipartisan group of lawmakers introduced a bill Friday to switch Colorado from caucuses to a primary. It’s expected to move swiftly through the process.

"We are not trying to reinvent the primary system in Colorado. Senate Bill 216 is a simple addition to the presidential selection process for the people of Colorado," bill sponsor Sen. Kevin Lundberg, R-Larimer County, said in a statement.

An earlier presidential primary bill got hung up on the question of how to deal with unaffiliated voters. That measure would have allowed independent voters to temporarily affiliate in order to take part.

The new bill says voters must officially join a party if they want to participate in its primary.