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Inside the ballot box: What initiatives will voters see come November?

There are less than 100 days until the 2020 General Election. With the Colorado primaries over and the national Democratic and Republican conventions set to fizzle like a wet firecracker, there’s not much left to get excited about before the Nov. 3 General Election.  Except there are the ballot measures.
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Editor's note: Inside the Ballot Box replaces Marcia Martin’s column Capitol Letters in the runup to the 2020 General Election. Each week through Oct. 31, Inside the Ballot Box will examine a Colorado state, county, or local ballot measure, analyzing its impact on Longmont particularly. Capitol Letters will resume when the General Assembly does, in January.

There are less than 100 days until the 2020 General Election. With the Colorado primaries over and the national Democratic and Republican conventions set to fizzle like a wet firecracker, there’s not much left to get excited about before the Nov. 3 General Election. 

Except there are the ballot measures. This year has some real doozies. Social distancing has made it difficult to collect signatures. Gov. Jared Polis had issued an executive order to allow signature gathering via email and post. But on July 1, the Colorado Supreme Court declared the order unconstitutional, because “Article V, section 1(6) of the Colorado Constitution requires that ballot initiative petitions be signed in the presence of the petition circulator.”

Polis’ extension of the last date to turn in signatures did hold up, however. That’s Aug. 3: less than a week away. Some petitioning committees have already given up on collecting enough signatures. But here is a list of initiatives that are being run down to the wire, to the best of our knowledge, courtesy of ballotpedia.org.

How to find a petition to sign

A few of these initiatives have active websites that give detailed instructions regarding where to find a petition circulator or how to arrange for a circulator to come to you. In those cases links to the website are provided. In the cases where no website could be found, the names and phone numbers of the designated representatives for those initiatives are provided. These are as listed on the Secretary of State’s website, 2019-2020 Initiative Filings, Agendas & Results

Anyone wishing to sign should call a circulator or designated representative before showing up at someone’s house, especially if it is a long drive. Some issue committees may have given up on petitioning but not yet made a public announcement.

Circulators’ contact information or location may be listed on each issue committee’s website. Otherwise calling the designated representative is the confirmed advice of the Elections Division of the Colorado Secretary of State’s Office. Contact information for representatives has not been provided in every case.

 

Type

No.

Title

How to Sign

Description

CISS

#83

$40 Tax Credit for Voting Initiative

Nathan Clay
2810 W 65th Pl, Ste #2
Denver, CO 80221
720-772-0485

Mark A Tejeda
2810 W 65th Pl, Site #2
Denver, CO 80221
720-448-9959

Issue committee:
720-772-0485

Establishes a refundable $40 tax credit for those who vote in primary and/or general elections

CISS

#104

Establish Approval Voting System Initiative

Nathan Clay
2810 W 65th Pl, Ste #2
Denver, CO 80221
720-772-0485

Mark A Tejeda
2810 W 65th Pl, Site #2
Denver, CO 80221
720-448-9959

Establishes an approval voting system for state and local elections in Colorado

CISS

#105

General Elections as State Holidays Initiative

Nathan Clay
2810 W 65th Pl, Ste #2
Denver, CO 80221
720-772-0485

Mark A Tejeda
2810 W 65th Pl, Site #2
Denver, CO 80221
720-448-9959

Establishes the day of a general election (the Tuesday following the first Monday in November in even years) as a state holiday in Colorado

CISS

#106

Vouchers for Campaign Contributions Initiative

Nathan Clay
2810 W 65th Pl, Ste #2
Denver, CO 80221
720-772-0485

Mark A Tejeda
2810 W 65th Pl, Site #2
Denver, CO 80221
720-448-9959

Provides for "nontransferable personalized monetary vouchers" to be used for making contributions to candidates for office in Colorado

CISS

#200

Changes to Fees and Processes for Expungement of Criminal Records Initiative

Stephen or Paul Ball

2901 Walnut St

Denver, CO 80205

303-505-0444

Concerns eligibility criteria for expunging criminal records and associated fees

CISS

#283

Paid Medical and Family Leave Initiative

Coloradofamiliesfirst.org
[This group has been collecting signatures at King Soopers on Hover. Last event was July 25.]

Establishes a program for paid medical and family leave

CICA/
SS

#257

Allow Voters in Central City, Black Hawk, and Cripple Creek to Expand Game Types and Single Bets Initiative

Bruce Brown

 

Bill Cadman

Allows voters in Central City, Black Hawk, and Cripple Creek to vote to expand allowed gaming types and bet limits

CICA/
SS

#271

Graduated Income Tax Initiative

Great Education Colorado
Lisa Weil
303-722-5901

Repeals the flat tax and creates a graduated income tax rate

CISS

#292

Tobacco and Nicotine Tax Increase Initiative

Katherine Stigberg

Chelsea Stahlings

Healthier Colorado

Increases taxes on tobacco; creates a new tax on nicotine products such as vapes/e-cigarettes

CISS

#295

Require Voter Approval of Certain New Enterprises Exempt from TABOR Initiative

Lindsey Singer
10011 Oak Leaf Way
Highlands Ranch Co 80129

Michael Fields
10628 Worthington Circle
Parker, CO 80134

Requires voter approval of new enterprises that are exempt from TABOR if their revenue is greater than $50 million within its first five years

CISS

#306

Decrease Income Tax Rate from 4.63% to 4.55% Initiative

Jon Caldara
727 E. 16th Avenue
Denver, CO 80203
303-279-6536

Jerry Sonnenberg
4465 County Road 63
Sterling, CO 80751
970-581-8648

Decreases the state income tax rate from 4.63% to 4.55%

CICA/
SS

#293, 315

Tobacco Tax Revenue for Preschool Program Initiative

Jon Caldara
727 E. 16th Avenue
Denver, CO 80203
303-279-6536

Monica Vondruska
1412 W. 38th Ave.
Denver, CO 80211
303-585-0006

Creates a new preschool program using existing tobacco tax revenues

 

Prognosis

It may be several weeks before the fate of these initiatives is known. In the meantime, eight statewide measures have already qualified for the ballot, and Longmont has referred one charter amendment to the local ballot. Next week we’ll start looking at those measures you’re sure to see on your November ballot, and in mid-to-late August we should know which, if any, of the above initiatives made the ballot. Stay tuned.



Marcia Martin

About the Author: Marcia Martin

Old geek woman, current sitting on Longmont City Council. Saving the planet on weekends. My words, and my errors, are my own and don’t necessarily represent the opinion or policy of the City of Longmont.
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