Time Machine Tuesday: History of Term Limits in Colorado

In the 143 years that Colorado has been a state, the laws regarding terms of office for elected officials have changed several times. In fact, the term limits in use today are relatively recent. This article provides an overview of some of the major changes to Colorado’s laws regarding term limits, which can be found […]

New Resources on Special Districts

Colorado has about 2,400 special districts, as designated by Title 32 of the Colorado Revised Statutes. Special districts provide specialized services such as water/sewer, fire protection, parks & recreation, or libraries. They have the power to tax or assess fees for services and/or to issue bonds to help pay for community improvements. There are various […]

Election Training Courses and Information

Election Day is coming up on Tuesday, November 5. If you’re involved in coordinating or staffing a polling place, the Colorado Secretary of State’s Office offers a series of online courses to help you prepare. Courses include topics such as accessibility for persons with disabilities; the National Voter Registration Act (NVRA); an introduction to basic […]

Fiscal Impacts of Ballot Measures

How will this year’s ballot measures affect state taxes and spending if passed? While much of this information is detailed in the Blue Book, the Colorado Legislative Council has also issued fiscal impact statements for each ballot measure. These statements include more detailed analysis of each measure’s fiscal impact, including tables and side-by-side comparisons of […]

Amendments Y and Z, Congressional and Legislative Redistricting

Two of the amendments on this year’s ballot are Amendments Y and Z, which deal with how congressional and legislative districts, respectively, are determined. Every ten years, following the U.S. Census, both sets are redrawn to ensure that all districts include equal numbers of people. Under the current system, the state legislature oversees the congressional […]

Time Machine Tuesday: Colorado’s Vote Against the Olympics

The 2018 winter games have come and gone, and once again Colorado’s leaders are looking to the future and hoping to get the Olympics to come to Colorado.  What many newcomers may not remember, however, is that Colorado was once awarded the Olympic games — and the people said no. In 1970 the International Olympic […]

HOAs and Political Signs

Many homeowners wonder about their rights to display political signs if they are part of a homeowner’s association.  Many HOAs have rules about political signs in yards or, for condos, in windows.  This election season the Colorado Department of Regulatory Agencies (DORA) offers the following advice: The Colorado Common Interest Ownership Act (CCIOA), addresses this […]

Time Machine Tuesday: On the Ballot

Election day is quickly approaching and there are a number of important races and issues on this year’s ballot. (For nonpartisan analysis of the amendments and referenda on this year’s ballot, see the Colorado Legislative Council’s 2016 Blue Book.) The issues on a given years’ ballot offer insight on the values and priorities of Colorado […]

Amending the Colorado Constitution

The presidential election may be getting all the attention, but this November is going to be a very significant ballot year in Colorado.  Already there are four initiatives approved for the ballot, and five others are pending approval from the Secretary of State, who tabulates the signatures received on petitions. According to the Secretary of […]

Time Machine Tuesday: Limited Gaming in Colorado

In 1990 Colorado voters passed a law to allow limited gaming in three historic towns — Central City, Black Hawk, and Cripple Creek.  Gambling had been prohibited in Colorado in the 1876 Colorado Constitution.  Over the years, bingo and raffles, pari-mutuel (horse) betting and a state lottery were accepted into law, but casino-style gambling was […]

2014 Election Information

Election day is Tuesday, November 4 — just a week from tomorrow.  If you haven’t voted yet, now is the time to have your say in this important election, where Colorado will be deciding its next Governor; U.S. Senator; U.S. Representatives; Colorado Attorney General, Secretary of State, and Treasurer; all Colorado House seats; and many […]

Genetically Modified Foods

One of the questions on this year’s ballot concerns whether or not food should be labeled to state whether it contains genetically modified organisms (GMOs).  For the pros and cons of Proposition 105, see this year’s Ballot Information Booklet (Blue Book).  Two fact sheets from Colorado State University offer background on the issue.  See Labeling […]

Gaming and Gambling in Colorado

One of the ballot measures that voters will decide on this November is Amendment 68.  According to the State Ballot Information Booklet (or “Blue Book”), Amendment 68 proposes to amend the Colorado Constitution to: Permit casino gambling at horse racetracks in Arapahoe, Mesa, and Pueblo counties, limited to one racetrack in each county; and distribute […]

New Legislation Regarding Recall Elections

On Friday Legislators introduced a bill (SB14-158) to clean up language in Colorado statute regarding recall elections.  Last year, much controversy ensued over who could and could not vote in the recall elections being held for two State Senators.  The bill aims to clear up some of this confusion as well as expand the use […]