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December 31, 2009
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Colorado's Curry eyes unaffiliated candidates law

DENVER - A Colorado lawmaker who recently switched from Democrat to unaffiliated is considering legislation to make it easier for unaffiliated candidates to get on the ballot.

Rep. Kathleen Curry says Colorado has the longest waiting period of any state for unaffiliated candidates.

In order to run as an unaffiliated under current law, the candidate has to have been registered as one by June the year before the election.

Curry, whose district includes Pitkin, Eagle, Gunnison and Hinsdale counties, plus part of Garfield County, doesn't expect to benefit personally from the change because she only wants to change the waiting period to a year before the election and she would still miss the deadline. She's planning to run as a write-in candidate.

A La Plata County commissioner who switched to unaffiliated is also challenging Colorado's law in court.

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The Aspen Times Updated Dec 31, 2009 01:44PM Published Dec 31, 2009 01:41PM Copyright 2009 The Aspen Times. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.