Colorado Caucus

Now that all the hullabaloo has ended over the Iowa Caucus, life goes on and caucuses are conducted more quietly in the remaining states. The Colorado caucus for presidential candidate selection is scheduled to take place on February 5th this year. The Democratic and Republican Parties will both hold a caucus to poll public preference […]

Voting machine certification

Today Colorado Secretary of State Mike Coffman announced the results of his evaluation of voting systems around the state. Voting machines in over 40 counties were decertified, leaving many county clerks concerned about counting ballots for the upcoming presidential elections. The Colorado Secretary of State is required by law to certify “electronic and electromechanical voting […]

"Marriage Proposals" on Colorado's Ballot

Two of the ballot proposals receiving a lot of attention this November deal with marriage and domestic partnerships: Amendement 43 and Referendum I. If passed, Amendment 43 would amend the State Constitution to define marriage as between one man and one woman. Proponents argue that this amendment is necessary to preserve traditional marriage, while opponents […]

Referendum K

This November one of the ballot issues will be Referendum K, concerning whether or not the Colorado Attorney General should sue the Federal Government to demand they enforce federal immigration laws. According to Colorado’s Legislative Blue Book, which lists pros and cons for each ballot measure, arguments for Referendum K include sending a clear message […]

Ballot Proposals Regarding School Finance

On the ballot this November are two proposals that deal with school district spending: Amendment 39 and Referendum J. Though closely related they do not depend on one another to pass or fail. Each proposal requires school districts to spend 65% of funds on expenses specifically involving classroom instruction. For example, the 65% can be […]

Audio version of the 2006 Legislative Blue Book

The Colorado Talking Book Library (CTBL) provides free service to Coloradans of all ages who are unable to read standard print material due to visual, physical or learning disabilities whether permanent or temporary. One of the many services CTBL provides for Colorado citizens is recording the Legislative Blue Book every year. The 2006 Blue Book […]

Term Limits and Retention of Judges

This November one of the ballot issues will be Amendment 40, concerning term limits for Supreme Court and appellate judges. This proposal asks voters to decide whether judges should or should not be term limited to four years. Proponents of the measure argue that new judges every four years will add some fresh perspective, while […]

Colorado Ballot Proposal Information

At this time Coloradans are receiving the Analysis of the 2006 Ballot Proposals (or “Blue Book”) in the mail. If you miss your copy, you can access it on the Colorado Legislative Council’s site Colorado Ballot Proposal Information. This site also gives background information on the process, history, and the rules that must be followed. […]