Dear Friend,  

      We are in the final stretch, with only 5 days left until election day. You can't mail your ballot back and must drop it off at a designated drop box or vote in person at a polling center. If you or someone you know hasn't registered to vote yet, Colorado does same day registration, and you can register until the day of the election. 
Denver has a ballot that is six pages long and it’s a lot! If all of this is overwhelming and a barrier to getting your ballot filled out, here’s my recommendations on the statewide questions.


Amendment B would repeal the Gallagher Amendment of 1982, which fixed residential and business property tax rates. The Gallagher Amendment has caused significant shortfalls for school districts reliant on property tax revenue for their funding. Voting for Amendment B is voting for our children, our schools, and our future. If you would like a more detailed explanation of the impact of the Gallagher Amendment, check out this video from The Colorado Fiscal Institute

The Charitable Bingo and Raffles Amendment reduces the time period a charitable organization must exist before receiving a charitable gaming license from five years to three years. It also permits charitable organizations to hire staff to manage gaming activities. 

The Citizen Requirement for Voting Initiative would upend current law which allows 17-year-olds who would be 18 by the general election to vote in that cycle’s primary. This seemingly simple change, therefore, has the effect of eliminating an otherwise valid group of young voters from the full election process, to say nothing of the fact that it is a clear attempt to confuse voters into believing that current Colorado law permits noncitizens to vote, which it does not.

Amendment 77 would allow voters in gambling towns to vote to increase the maximum single bet allowed for any game beyond the current statewide limit of $100. Additionally, Amendment 77 would allow voters to approve games other than those currently allowed by Colorado law; currently allowed games in Colorado casinos include blackjack, craps, poker, roulette, and slot machines. The proposed measure would also change the distribution of gaming tax funds for community colleges to prioritize student retention and credit completion.

The Colorado Tobacco and E-Cigarette Tax Increase for Health and Education Programs Measure (Proposition EE) would close a tax loophole on vaping products that currently leaves these products untaxed in Colorado, bringing the tax in line with other tobacco products. Colorado has the highest rate of teen vaping in the U.S. The measure would also increase cigarette taxes from $0.84 per pack currently to $2.64 per pack by 2027. 

113: YES
Colorado has been carried by the winner of the nationwide popular vote in every presidential election since 2004, and the compact would end the unequal valuation of American votes in presidential elections. The National Popular Vote Interstate Compact would not take effect until an Electoral College majority of states joins. As of August 2020, 14 states and the District of Columbia have passed legislation that would trigger the compact in the event 270 Electoral College votes are achieved.

115: NO
Under the rule, an abortion after 22 weeks would only be permitted in an immediate life-threatening emergency with no exceptions for rape, incest, a lethal fetal diagnosis, or the health or medical needs of the patient. Abortion after 22 weeks only accounts for about 1% of total abortion procedures and in many cases is the result of major gestational complications that are found later in pregnancy. Colorado has emerged as a national safe haven for abortion care in these complex circumstances because of gestational bans in other states. Any physician who performs an abortion after 22 weeks would be found in violation of this initiative and face criminal charges and suspension of their medical license by the Colorado Medical Board.

116: NO
The tax rate will only benefit those earning more than $500,000/ year and will result in state budget cuts of over $150 million per year, forever.

117: NO
Proposition 117 is confusing and poorly written and will lead to years of lawsuits, unintended consequences, and future cuts in education, transportation, and health care.

118: YES
The Colorado Paid Family and Medical Leave Initiative would establish a paid family and medical leave benefit for most Colorado workers. It would provide up to 12 weeks of paid leave, allowing 2.6 million Coloradans to take time to care for themselves, a new child, or a seriously ill family member. 

We also have judges on the ballot and this is often difficult for me to vote on as I don’t have the experience with our courts to know much about judges. This is a good site that can help guide your votes on judicial retention.
Information and Upcoming Events
  • 10/26 Last day to mail your ballot back
  • 10/27 You can no longer mail your ballot back! Drop it off in a ballot box, or head to a polling center.
  • 11/3 Election Day
  • 11/3 Last day to vote — ballots must be received by 7 p.m.
  • 11/3 In Colorado, you can both register to vote and vote on Election Day
Please feel free to reach out to my office via e-mail at for any concerns or if you know of resources that can help out your community. 
Be well.

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