Lots of folks are focused on the end of the month primaries across the state. While those are surely important, CML has been monitoring a number of statewide ballot measures having potential impacts upon cities and towns.
Proponents circulating a change to the Colorado Constitution need a minimum of 2 percent registered elector signatures from all 35 state senate districts equaling a minimum of 98,492 registered elector signatures statewide. Those initiating a change to a state law rather than the constitution also need a minimum of 98,492 registered elector signatures; however, the signatures are not required to be gathered statewide. In the case of many proposals, paid circulators are being used. These paid circulators generally have little clue what the details of a measure really are, and will hit you up with a catchphrase such as: “Sign here to protect your property rights.” As I have learned over many years, if it sounds too good to be true, then it probably is. “Decline to sign” is generally my mantra this election season.
Municipalities Matter is a regular blog by Sam Mamet, executive director of the Colorado Municipal League. Sam is responsible to CML's 21-member executive board for executing the policies and programs of the League.
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