Voters to decide two statewide ballot measures in Colorado
Voters in Colorado will decide two statewide ballot measures—Proposition CC and Proposition DD—on Nov. 5. Both are legislatively referred state statutes. In addition, a variety of local ballot measures will appear on municipal ballots.
Proposition CC would allow the state to retain revenue above the state spending cap to provide funding for transportation and education. The state is currently required to refund the revenue under the Taxpayer’s Bill of Rights (TABOR). The legislation which placed the measure on the ballot was approved by the state House along party lines with all Democrats voting in favor and all Republicans opposed. It passed by a 20-15 vote in the state Senate with all Democrats and one Republican voting to approve it and all votes against coming from Republicans.
Proposition DD would authorize sports betting in Colorado and authorize the legislature to levy a tax of 10% on those conducting sports betting operations. Revenue generated from the tax on sports betting would be used to create and fund the Water Plan Implementation Cash Fund. It was placed on the ballot after passing the state House by a vote of 58-6 and the state Senate by a vote of 27-8.
From 1995 through 2018, a total of 14 measures appeared on statewide ballots during odd-numbered years in Colorado. During this time, the approval rate for all measures was 41%.
Colorado uses a vote-by-mail system, meaning ballots are sent to voters through the mail and most are returned by mail, at designated drop boxes, or in person at designated locations. Ballots must be received by county clerks by 7:00 pm on Election Day. Coloradans may also cast ballots and register to vote in person at voter service and polling centers. Each county will have at least one such center open from Oct. 28 to Nov. 5—except for Sunday, Nov. 3.
In addition to ballot measures, we’re covering the following local elections taking place in Colorado (note: this isn’t a complete list of elections in the state):
general elections for mayor and five of 10 city council seats in Aurora
elections for 47 seats on 16 school boards that are among the 200 largest school districts in the nation or that overlap with the 100 largest cities by population
A recall election of the president of the Cripple Creek-Victor School District RE-1 school board