Election Day Is Tuesday, Nov. 5
Denver and Colorado voters will decide on a number of critical issues in this November’s election, which is Tuesday, Nov. 5.
Ballots were mailed in mid-October. It’s too late to return ballots by U.S. Postal Service, but they can be dropped off at numerous drop-off sites by 7 p.m. on Election Day. People can also cast their votes at several voter centers, which opened on Oct. 28.
To register to vote, check your voter status and find a ballot drop-off location, visit GoVoteColorado.com. Additional information, including the Blue Book arguments that were submitted in support of and in opposition to ballot measures, can also be found at denvervotes.org.
Denver Public Schools Board of Education
In Park Hill, voters will choose between three candidates vying for an at-large school board seat to replace Allegra “Happy” Haynes, who is term-limited from running again. Candidates include Tay Anderson, Natela Manuntseva and Alexis Monocal Harrigan. Check out Q&As with all three candidates, published in the October issue of the Greater Park Hill News, at greaterparkhill.org/2019/10/will-the-dps-board-flip/
Here are the candidates’ websites:
• Tay Anderson: www.tayanderson.org
• Natela Manuntseva: www.natelaforcolorado.com
• Alexis Monocal Harrigan: www.alexisfordps.com
Proposition CC and Proposition DD are on the statewide ballot
Proposition CC — Retain State Government Revenue
Ballot Question: Without raising taxes and to better fund public schools, higher education, and roads, bridges, and transit, within a balanced budget, may the state keep and spend all the revenue it annually collects after June 30, 2019, but is not currently allowed to keep and spend under Colorado law, with an annual independent audit to show how the retained revenues are spent?
Proposition DD — Legalization and Taxation of Sports Betting to Fund Water Projects and Obligations
Ballot Question: Shall state taxes be increased by $29 million annually to fund state water projects and commitments and to pay for the regulation of sports betting through licensed casinos by authorizing a tax on sports betting of 10 percent of net sports betting proceeds, and to impose the tax on persons licensed to conduct sports betting operations?
Referred Questions 2A, 2B, 2C and 2D are on the Denver ballot
Referred Question 2A — Department of Transportation and Infrastructure
Ballot Question: Shall the Charter of the City and County of Denver be amended to create the Department of Transportation and Infrastructure, to require the department to perform the powers and duties formerly performed by the Department of Public Works, and to assign to the department new powers and duties in regard to transportation services, transportation safety programs, and non-motorized transportation facilities?
Referred Question 2B — Arts and Venues Facilities
Ballot Question: Shall the charter of the City and County of Denver be amended to remove from the Department of General Services the management and control of facilities owned or leased by the City and County for theatre, concert, auditorium or arena purposes, in order to conform the charter to other laws of the City and County assigning the responsibility to manage such facilities to the agency known as Denver Arts and Venues?
Referred Question 2C –Fire Department Ranks and Grades
Ballot Question: Shall the Charter of the City and County of Denver be amended to add emergency medical technician as a rank in the fire department and to allow the chief of the fire department to assign an assistant chief to the duties of shift commander who shall serve at the pleasure of the chief?
Referred Question 2D — Elected Official Residency
Ballot Question: Shall the Charter of the City and County of Denver be amended to require elected officials to maintain residency in Denver and, if a district Councilmember, in the district, throughout the term of office?