Denver voters reject Initiative 300, the “right to survive” initiative

According to preliminary vote counts, voters in Denver were rejecting a citizen initiative to allow resting, sheltering oneself, eating or exchanging food, and occupying one’s own car in outdoor public places without limits or penalties enforced by the city or county, law enforcement, or any other entity. The initiative was failing by 84 percent to 16 percent.
 
As of May 5, 2019, Initiated Ordinance 300 had drawn over $2.4 million in campaign contributions, with $2.35 million in donations reported by the No on 300 campaign.
 
Key endorsements of Initiative 300 included Carrie Roberts, former officer and sheriff’s deputy; the Colorado Department of Corrections; the ACLU of Colorado; the Democratic Party of Denver; and the National Coalition for the Homeless.
 
Key opponents of Initiative 300 included Larry Trujillo, former Denver fire chief; Wellington Webb, former mayor of Denver; the Denver Metro Chamber of Commerce; and the Denver Rescue Mission.
 
Denver voters also decided Initiative 301, a first-of-its-kind psilocybin mushroom decriminalization initiative. According to preliminary results, it was being defeated 54.4 percent to 45.6 percent.
 
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