Below is a list of ballot measure endorsements from New Era Colorado Foundation, which include information on what each measure does, whether we say you should vote yes or no, and a list of groups that agree. For more information on how and where to vote visit Colorado Students Vote or Just Vote Colorado.

    STATEWIDE BALLOT MEASURES

   AMENDMENT V: ALLOWING YOUNG PEOPLE TO RUN FOR OFFICE

WHAT IT DOES

Lowers the minimum age to serve in our state legislature from 25 to 21

WE SAY VOTE YES BECAUSE…

CO is 1 of only 3 states that sets the age to serve in our legislature at 25—nearly every other state allows 21 yr-olds (or younger!) to run for office. Young Coloradans deserve to run to represent their communities, and to serve if elected.

who else says YES

  • CO Common Cause
  • CO Young Democrats
  • CO Federation of Young Republicans

   AMENDMENT W: SHORTENING JUDGE RETENTION QUESTIONS

WHAT IT DOES

Shortens and reformats judge retention questions on ballots

WE SAY VOTE YES BECAUSE…

This minor formatting change shortens these questions and simplifies the structure of our ballots, which should make voting on judges clearer for everyone.

who else says YES

  • Colorado County Clerks Association
  • League of Women Voters
  • CO Secretary of State

   AMENDMENT X: DEFINITION OF INDUSTRIAL HEMP

WHAT IT DOES

Removes the definition of industrial hemp from our state constitution

WE SAY VOTE YES BECAUSE…

This simple change is needed to give our legislators flexibility to oversee and promote CO’s growing hemp industry. Farmers want this change so CO can better stay in line with federal policy and remain competitive with other states.

who else says YES

  • 95 of all 100 State Legislators
  • Colorado Hemp Industries Association

   AMENDMENT Y & Z: END PARTISAN GERRYMANDERING

WHAT IT DOES

Modernizes the process for drawing congressional and state legislative districts

WE SAY VOTE YES BECAUSE…

These bipartisan measures stop gerrymandering by making CO’s redistricting process more transparent and less political. Y & Z create independent commissions to run the process and clarify that priorities for new districts include competitiveness and representation for unaffiliated voters and communities of color.

who else says YES

  • League of Women Voters
  • NAACP State Conference CO/MT/WY
  • All 100 of Colorado’s State Legislators

   AMENDMENT A: ABOLISH SLAVERY IN COLORADO

WHAT IT DOES

Updates our state constitution to fully eliminate slavery in Colorado

WE SAY VOTE YES BECAUSE…

This measure eliminates a provision in CO’s Constitution allowing slavery as punishment for a crime. Slavery shouldn’t be allowed anywhere, for any reason—time to remove this offensive clause from our constitution.

who else says YES

  • All 100 of Colorado’s current State Legislators
  • NAACP State Conference CO/MT/WY
  • CO Council of Churches

   AMENDMENT 73: PUBLIC EDUCATION FUNDING

WHAT IT DOES

Raises $1.6 billion for public schools by raising taxes on wealthiest 8% of Coloradans

WE SAY VOTE YES BECAUSE…

CO schools are seriously underfunded (by more than $822M this year). 73 fixes that gap by raising taxes on Coloradans making over $150k and again on those making over $500k. All districts get more funding, and money goes to the neediest schools.

who else says YES

  • Colorado Education Association
  • LNAACP State Conference CO/MT/WY
  • League of Women Voters

   AMENDMENT 74: LAWSUITS FOR REDUCING PROPERTY VALUE

WHAT IT DOES

Allows property owners to sue local/state government and to be compensated by taxpayers if new construction or laws lower their property value

WE SAY VOTE NO BECAUSE…

Big corporations are spending $13M to pass this extreme measure that’s so broad, it would undermine state and local governments by opening them to frivolous lawsuits from routine decisions—i.e., infrastructure repairs, school construction, health standards, etc. This would cost taxpayers billions and simply goes too far.

who else says NO

  • Governor Hickenlooper
  • The Denver Post
  • CO Municipal League (represents cities/towns across Colorado)

   AMENDMENT 75: INCREASING CAMPAIGN CONTRIBUTION LIMITS

WHAT IT DOES

Quintuples the contribution limit in an election if a candidate puts $1M of their own money into the race or facilitates $1M third party contributions to the race

WE SAY VOTE NO BECAUSE…

Allowing wealthy donors to pour more money into elections just gives those donors more influence over politics. This measure makes our money in politics problem worse, not better.

who else says NO

  • CO Common Cause
  • Colorado Public Interest Research Group
  • Durango Herald

   PROPOSITION 109: STATE DEBT FOR HIGHWAY REPAIRS

WHAT IT DOES

Requires the state to borrow $3.5 billion to spend on highway projects alone

WE SAY VOTE NO BECAUSE…

Forcing CO into billions of debt to fix highways without new funds means paying it back from our existing budget—cutting funds for K-12, higher education, etc. Also, no funds would go to public transit or other traffic solutions.

who else says NO

  • CO Municipal League
  • Colorado Contractors Association
  • Denver Metro Chamber of Commerce

   PROPOSITION 110: RAISING FUNDS FOR TRANSPORTATION

WHAT IT DOES

Raises sales tax by 0.62% to fund highway and public transit projects

WE SAY VOTE YES BECAUSE…

110 raises much-needed funds to fix roads, reduce traffic, improve infrastructure, and update public transit options across CO. Cities would receive funds for local priorities to improve the accessibility of our transportation system.

who else says YES

  • Conservation Colorado
  • Denver Metro Chamber of Commerce
  • Colorado Fiscal Institute

   PROPOSITION 111: STOP PREDATORY PAYDAY LENDING

WHAT IT DOES

Prevents payday lenders from charging interest rates over 36%

WE SAY VOTE YES BECAUSE…

Predatory payday lenders target low-income communities with promises of quick cash, then charge excessive fees and interest rates up to 200%—making even small loans nearly impossible to repay. By capping interest rates at 36%, 111 holds payday lenders to the same standard as other lenders in Colorado.

who else says YES

  • Center for Responsible Lending
  • NAACP State Conference CO/MT/WY
  • National Consumer Law Center

   PROPOSITION 112: OIL & GAS DRILLING SETBACKS

WHAT IT DOES

Requires oil and gas drilling to be 2500ft away from homes, schools and waterways

WE SAY VOTE YES BECAUSE…

Oil and gas drilling has serious environmental and health consequences—like increased rates of asthma and cancer in nearby areas. By increasing the distance oil and gas operations have to be from places like playgrounds and water sources, 112 puts the health and safety of Coloradans first.

who else says YES

  • Sierra Club
  • Food & Water Watch
  • CO Physicians for Social Responsibility

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