Prior to COVAME, voters who missed a single general election in Colorado for any reason – sickness, family emergencies, bad weather, lack of transportation to the polls or something else – were marked Inactive – Failed to Vote (IFTV). That meant they did not receive mail ballots in subsequent elections unless they submitted to an administrative process equivalent to re-registering to vote. Colorado Common Cause took part in a lawsuit challenging this practice, and the court banned punishing voters for missing one election by preventing them from getting ballots.
COVAME eliminated this category of voters and requires that all IFTV voters be designated as Active and be sent mail ballots. Voters should have the choice to miss a single election without effectively losing their right to participate in future elections.