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Understanding the Amendments on Your November 3 Ballot
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Amendment 76: Citizenship Requirement for Voting Initiative

The wording of this amendment makes it seem like it is about US citizenship…it’s not. It simply attempts to make it illegal for 17 year-old Coloradoans to vote in primary elections in situations where they would be 18 in time to vote. (currently they can if they are US citizens registered to vote).

A NO Vote means that 17 year-old, registered citizens of Colorado may continue to vote in primary elections, providing they turn 18 on or before election day.

A YES Vote means the law will change and only 18 and older voters will be able to vote in Colorado primaries.

Here’s the bottom line: It probably makes sense that a legitimate Colorado voter should have some say in who makes the ballot for election. Seems like a waste of effort to change it.

Amendment 77: Allow Voters in Central, Black Hawk, and Cripple Creek Cities to Expand Authorized Games and Increase Maximum Bets Initiative

The gambling industry in Colorado is currently controlled by the State. This amendment gives authority to the individual cities of Central, Black Hawk, and Cripple Creek to decide types of games allowed, maximum bet limits, and other gaming rules.

A NO Vote means that the state of Colorado would maintain control of the rules of gambling in Colorado.

A YES Vote means the individual cities could add games not previously allowed under Colorado Law and increase betting limits as high as they want (currently it is set at $100 per bet.

Here’s the bottom line: The casino cities of Blackhawk, Cripple Creek, and Central are simply controlled by casinos and their parent organizations. Handing control to the cities is by default handing control to the casinos themselves.

Amendment 113: National Popular Vote Initiative

This amendment seeks to align Colorado’s 9 electoral votes with other states automatically, DESPITE the popular vote. Currently, the popular vote winner in Colorado receives Colorado’s electoral votes. This would end under the amendment.

To clarify: Even if Colorado votes overwhelmingly to elect candidate A, if the national popular vote is for Candidate B, then Colorado’s vote goes to candidate B.

Colorado votes 68% for Candidate A.

Total US votes 52% for candidate B.

Colorado now votes for Candidate B.

A NO Vote means Colorado will not join in the National Popular Vote Interstate Compact.

A YES Vote means that Colorado will give its vote to whichever candidate earns the nation-wide popular vote.

Here’s the bottom line: Colorado voters could be forced to support a widely disliked candidate under this amendment. Larger population states such as Texas, Florida, New York, and California could force Colorado to fall in line with their votes.

Amendment 114: Gray Wolf Reintroduction Initiative

This amendment would make the Colorado Parks and Wildlife Commission to carry out a plan to reintroduce and manage gray wolves by the end of 2023.

A NO Vote means Colorado will not carry out a plan to bring gray Wolves to Colorado.

A YES Vote means that Colorado will carry out a plan to bring gray Wolves to Colorado.

Here’s the bottom line: While the amendment supports a plan to reimburse homeowners and rancher for the loss of their domestic animals, the amount is purposely vague and, to be honest you can’t really put a price on Fluffy now can you?

Wolves are not big dogs. They are massive killing machines that would not discriminate between deer, elk, cows, sheep, dogs, cats, or PEOPLE. it’s a big risk

Amendment 115: 22-Week Abortion Ban Initiative

Colorado does not regulate the abortion of a fetus at any stage of development (even at 9 months). This amendment would restrict abortions to a gestation age of 22 weeks or less. After 22 weeks, abortions would be prohibited.

A NO Vote means Colorado will continue to make abortions at any stage legal.

A YES Vote means that Colorado will ban abortions after a gestation age of 22 weeks

Here’s the bottom line: This is a very sensitive issue that should be considered carefully. Right now only six states other than Colorado allow abortions without restrictions. At what stage does a fetus become a human being?

Amendment 116: Decrease Income Tax Rate from 4.63% to 4.55%

This initiative was begun due to the loss of income to small businesses in Colorado due to the Covid shut-down. The intent is to allow small businesses and individuals to retain more of their income.

A NO Vote means Colorado state income tax will remain at 4.63%.

A YES Vote means that Colorado state income tax will be reduced to 4.55% for the 2021 calendar year.

Here’s the bottom line: This initiative seems to have very little opposition. The reduction of 0.08% doesn’t seem likely to hurt the State budget.

Amendment 117: Require Voter Approval of Certain New Enterprises Exempt from TABOR Initiative

What is an enterprise? Simply stated, it’s a government owned business. You may think of the Division of Motor Vehicles (DMV) as a government agency, but the state of Colorado does not. It (along with several other former agencies) has been changed to enterprise status so that when they charge a “fee”, it won’t be considered a tax and fall under the Taxpayer Bill of Rights (TABOR) law. Pretty tricky, eh?

This amendment wants to require Colorado to seek voter approval when raising “Fees” just as if they were taxes (which they are).

A NO Vote means Colorado can continue to raise fees for all Coloradoans without seeking voter approval.

A YES Vote means that Colorado will have to seek your approval before raising fees like those for drivers licenses.

Here’s the bottom line: Slick tricks are not a good look for the Colorado government. If an agency truly needs to increase fees, then it shouldn’t be too hard or too much to ask for them to being their case to the people.

A short (and incomplete) list of Colorado state enterprises:

Colorado Driver License Record Identification and Vehicle Enterprise Solution (DRIVES)

Colorado State Lottery

Colorado State run Nursing Homes

Colorado Correctional Industries

Colorado Parks and Wildlife (the Division of Wildlife)

Colorado higher education institutions (universities and colleges)

Colorado tolling authority

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