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August 07, 2007 10:11 PM UTC

No Voting for You!

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  • by: Colorado Pols


For the first time since 1992, there will not be a state ballot measure in November. Click below for the full press release from the Colorado Secretary of State:

Secretary of State Mike Coffman announced today that no statewide measures have qualified for the November 6, 2007 ballot; the first time an odd-year election will not included a statewide ballot measure since the passage of TABOR in 1992. TABOR stipulates that only tax-related statewide measures may be considered in an odd-year election.

The Colorado Constitution states that proponents of a statewide measure must submit signatures to the Secretary of State’s office “at least three months before the general election,” or today, August 6, 2007 by 3:00 PM. The minimum number of signatures required is 76,047, or at least five percent (5%) of the total number of votes cast for all candidates for the office of secretary of state at the previous general election. Of the proposed measures for the 2007 ballot – “Imposition and Distribution of Severance Tax on Oil and Gas” and “Higher Education Funding Fee on New Construction” – neither submitted signatures to the Secretary of State’s office by today’s deadline.

With no statewide measure on the November ballot, the state saves $1.7 million. Colorado law requires the Secretary of State’s office to reimburse counties “for the cost of the duties performed by the county clerk and recorder that relate to conducting the election” if there is a statewide measure on the ballot. The General Assembly set the reimbursement amount at $1,729,923; the funds would have been drawn from the Secretary of State’s cash fund.

Additional Information: Odd-Year Statewide Measures Since 1992’s TABOR:

Year

Statewide Measure

1993

Referendum A – Reinstatement of Sales Tax on Tourist-Related Purchases

1995

Referendum A – Multi-Year Financial Obligations – Nonstate Prisons

1997

Initiative 1 – Tax & Fee Increases for Funding Transportation Projects

1999

Referendum A – Financing State Transportation Projects

2001

Referendum A – GOCO Bonds for Open Space

2001

Initiative 26 – Surplus Revenue to test I-70 Fixed Guideway

2003

Referendum A – Revenue Bonds for Water Projects

2003

Initiative 32 – Taxable Value of Residential Property

2003

Initiative 33 – Video Lottery/Tourism Promotion

2005

Referendum C – State Spending

2005

Referendum D – State Borrowing

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8 thoughts on “No Voting for You!

  1. Most locations will likely still be facing local questions and even some candidate races.

    In Nov. 2007:
    Denver is being asked to approve no less than 8 funding issues.

    Aurora will have a municipal election.

    please add on here any other local elections going on.

  2. Democrats didn’t feel the need to pass any more revenue / tax measures this year, after Ref C passed.  I guess Colorado Democrats do not qualify as tax and spend liberals this year!

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