A Colorado city is considering a measure to require landlords to provide new tenants with voter registration information or face a fine.
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The city of Westminster’s proposal is meant to boost voter participation, Mayor Pro Tem Faith Winter told the Denver Post, but others say its an unfunded mandate that puts governmental responsibilities on the shoulders of private businesses.
“This is not [the landlords’] burden,” Councilman Bruce Baker is quoted as saying. “This is our responsibility as a city government.”
The new rule would require property management companies to include a sheet of information about how to register to vote in the informational packets provided to new renters. The measure would also require the city utility to include the information in energy bills for new homeowners.
Failing to provide the information would result in a $1,000 fine.