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Colorado Annexation Amendment, Initiative 3 (1980)

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The Colorado Annexation Amendment, also known as Initiative 3, was on the November 4, 1980 ballot in Colorado as an initiated constitutional amendment, where it was approved. The measure allowed municipalities to annex unincorporated areas if one of the following conditions were met:

  1. A majority of the landowners and registered electors in an unincorporated area vote in favor of annexation.
  2. The annexing municipality receives a petition signed by 50 percent of landowners who own more than 50 percent of the area in question .
  3. The unicorporated area is entirely surrounded by or is solely owned by the annexing municipality.

The measure also included exceptions for the city and county of Denver.[1]

Election results

Colorado Initiative 3 (1980)
ResultVotesPercentage
Approveda Yes 601,302 56.65%
No460,08443.35%

Election Results from: Colorado State Legislative Council, Ballot History


Text of measure

See also: Colorado State Constitution, Article II

The language appeared on the ballot as:[1]

Shall Article II of the Constitution of the State of Colorado, be amended to provide that an unincorporated area may be annexed to a municipality only if the annexation has been approved by a majority vote of the landowners and the registered electors in such area who vote on the question, or if the annexing municipality has received a petition for annexation signed by persons comprising more than fifty percent of the landowners in such area and owning more than fifty percent of such area, or if such area is entirely surrounded by or is solely owned by the annexing municipality; and providing that this section does not apply to the city and county of Denver entirely surrounded by or is solely owned by the annexing municipality; and providing that this section does not apply to the city and county of Denver to the extent that annexations thereto are governed by other provisions of the state constitution?[2]

Constitutional changes

Initiative 3 amended Article II of the Colorado Constitution to read:

Article II
Section 30
Right to Vote or Petition on Annexation ­Enclaves
(1) No unincorporated area may be annexed to a municipality unless one of the following conditions first has been met:
(a) The question of annexation has been submitted to the vote of the landowners and the registered electors in the area proposed to be annexed, and the majority of such persons voting on the question have voted for the annexation; or
(b) The annexing municipality has received a petition for the annexation of such area signed by persons comprising more than fifty percent of the landowners in the area and owning more than fifty percent of the area, excluding public streets, and alleys and any land owned by the annexing municipality; or
(c) The area is entirely surrounded by or is solely owned by the annexing municipality.
(2) The provisions of this section shall not apply to annexations to the city and county of Denver, to the extent that such annexations are governed by other provisions of the constitution.
(3) The general assembly may provide by law for procedures necessary to implement this section. This section shall take effect upon completion of the canvass of votes taken thereon.

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References

  1. 1.0 1.1 Colorado State Legislative Council, "Ballot History," accessed February 18, 2014
  2. Note: This text is quoted verbatim from the original source. Any inconsistencies are attributed to the original source.