October 24, 2018

Ballot Measures: Colorado

Colorado votes by mail; get your ballots in ASAP!

by Chris Thomas

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Photo by Thomas Morse

Colorado has thirteen ballot measures in play this year. Of these, three are directly related to the way elections will happen in Colorado.

Amendment 75

If passed, Amendment 75 would let campaigns in Colorado exceed individual contribution limits by 500% if any opponent personally finances his/her campaign by more than $1,000,000. Colorado is doing this because the Supreme Court has already said that laws restricting a candidate’s personal spending are unconstitutional.

Impact: Moderate — Wealthy candidates will still retain major advantages though this puts some cap on that.
Support: Bipartisan — Opposition boils down to criticism that the measure doesn’t do enough.

Amendments Y & Z

If passed, Amendments Y & Z would create 12-member commissions to draw Colorado’s congressional district maps and state legislative district maps respectively. They take the redistricting process out of the hands of elected officials and give it to commissions consisting of four Democrats, four Republicans, and four Independents.

Impact: Major — Colorado’s redistricting commission would be truly independent; neither the legislature nor the governor would be able to block them.
Support: Bipartisan, except for a vocal minority on the far right that calls the as-yet-unnamed commission members “stooges.”

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