A recent dispatch illustrated the high costs and low turnout for uncontested elections. In 2013, Colorado lawmakers attempted to reduce costs by allowing counties to cancel uncontested primary elections. House Bill 1067, which was rejected by the State, Veterans, and Military Affairs Committee during the 2013 legislative session, would have allowed county clerks to cancel uncontested primary elections. The bill had the support of election administrators in Colorado’s largest counties:
Opponents of the bill were concerned that candidates whose primary elections were canceled would be at a disadvantage when raising funds for the general election.