2022 Ballot Measures

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As of September 11, 2022, 11 statewide ballot measures were certified for the ballot in Colorado for the election on November 8, 2022

MEASURES REFERRED BY STATE LEGISLATURE

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AMENDMENT D – GRANDFATHER JUDICIAL RESIDENCE CHANGE TO JD 18 & JD 23
Requires 55% Approval because it changes the state constitution

The Colorado Legislature split the current 18th Judicial into two districts in [HB20-1026]. The 23rd Judicial District will consist of Douglas, Elbert and Lincoln counties and Arapahoe County will remain in the 18th. This change was made because (1) the size of JD 18 was large enough to create significant caseload and access to justice issues; and (2) communities of color in Arapahoe were not well represented under the old configuration. The bill is already law. Amendment D, is a conforming amendment to the Colorado Constitution to address the residency of the existing judges, namely to grandfather them in and give them an opportunity to establish residency in the new districts. Text of legislative bill (PDF)>>

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AMENDMENT E – EXTEND HOMESTEAD TO MILITARY SPOUSES
Requires 55% approval because it adds language to the state constitution

Current law gives a property tax Homestead Exemption for qualifying seniors and veterans.  This measure would extend the benefit to Gold Star Spouses, who are the widows and widowers of veterans killed in the line of duty or as a result of service-related injury or disease. Text of legislative bill (PDF) >>

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AMENDMENT F – GAMING
Requires 55% approval because it adds language to the state constitution

The Colorado Democratic Party has taken NO POSITION on this proposed ballot measure as our Platform does not address gaming policies in the State of Colorado and passage or defeat of this measure does not fall under our core values. Text of legislative bill (PDF)>>

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PROPOSITION FF – FOOD, NUTRITION & HUNGER
Requires simple majority approval because it adds language to the state statutes

This measure helps fund hunger programs in Colorado, support Colorado food growers, increases support for food workers and creates food nutrition advisory groups to guide healthier food options. Text of legislative bill (PDF)>>

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PROPOSITION GG – FINANCIAL IMPACT TRANSPARENCY ON BALLOT MEASURES
Requires simple majority approval because it adds language to the state statutes.

This measure would provide a tax table for future tax-related ballot measures to show the economic distribution of the impact of the tax policy change to help voters see the impact of the proposed measure. Text of legislative bill (PDF)>>

MEASURES PETITIONED ON TO THE BALLOT

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INITIATIVE #31 – INCOME TAX REDUCTION

 

The measure reduces the state income tax rate from 4.55 percent to 4.40 percent for tax year 2022 and all later tax years. This rate applies to the Colorado taxable income of individuals and corporations. The measure would decrease state General Fund revenue by an estimated $572.1 million in FY 2022-23 and $397.9 million for FY 2023-24, with ongoing decreases in later years

resulting in half a billion dollars dollars lost for our kids, teachers, and the programs they need to thrive. Text of legislative bill (PDF)>>

 

The Colorado Democratic Party OPPOSES Initiative 31. According to Greater Education Colorado:

  • The top 1% of taxpayers would receive more in tax reductions than the bottom ⅔ of Colorado taxpayers combined. 

  • The initiative would cut the equivalent of 7,000 teacher salaries. 

  • Kids will lose music programs, career tech, reading support, sports, and vital mental health services (over and above losses schools have already suffered). 

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INITIATIVE #58 – NATURAL MEDICINE HEALTH ACT

 

The initiative would decriminalize the personal use and possession (for adults age 21 and older) of the following hallucinogenic/entheogenic plants and fungi, which are currently classified as Schedule I controlled substances under state law: dimethyltryptamine (DMT); ibogaine; mescaline (excluding peyote).  It also purports that these hallucinogens are natural medicine and could be helpful in treating mental health disorders. The Colorado Democratic Party has taken NO POSITION on this Initiative. You can read differing perspectives in this article. Text of legislative bill (PDF)>>

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INITIATIVE #108 – DEDICATED INCOME TAX FOR AFFORDABLE HOUSING

This measure creates a dedicated portion (0.01%) of income tax to go to a statewide affordable housing fund that will be used to award grants and provide rental assistance to people in Colorado. Full text of legislative bill (PDF)>>

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INITIATIVES #96, 121, 122 – LIQUOR MEASURES

 

  • Initiative #96 increases the number of liquor licenses in the state

  • Initiative #121 adds the ability to sell wine in grocery and convenience stores likely to the detriment of individually owned liquor stores but appreciated by some consumers

  • Initiative #122 allows the delivery of alcohol.

STANCES ON LOCAL INITIATIVES COMING SOON