Six Colorado Counties Cancel November Elections

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Published Friday, September 22, 2017
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by Chris Sorensen

Clerks in six Colorado counties will not be distributing ballots for the coordinated election in November according to Colorado Secretary of State Wayne Williams.

All communities within Cheyenne, Delores, Grand, Hinsdale, Mineral and Washington have cancelled their elections, so county clerks will not have any ballots to mail. The remaining 58 counties will be sending ballots to overseas and military voters by Saturday, and mailing ballots to all other voters starting October 16.

Typical "odd year" elections, generally called a coordinated election, have ballot issues for such issues as school and municipal elections and local finance measures. For the first time in eight years, there are no state-wide ballot issues. In odd-number years, state-wide issues are limited to matters related to the Taxpayer's Bill of Rights, or TABOR, amendment that was passed in 1992. Those matters included proposed new taxes, tax rate increases, or extending a tax that will otherwise expire.

In 2018, Coloradoans will vote for a new governor and lieutenant governor, attorney general, secretary of state and treasurer. They will also vote for all seven of the state's representatives in the United States House of Representatives. Senators Cory Gardner and Michael Bennet's seats are not up for election. U.S. senators serve six-year terms. Gardner's term expires in 2021, while Bennet's term ends in 2023.

Other items that may appear on the 2018 ballot include state legislative races, election of county officials, questions regarding retaining judges, as well as possible state and local ballot measures.