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Colorado Appointment of Nonpartisan Secretary of State Amendment (2014)

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A Colorado Appointment of Nonpartisan Secretary of State Amendment did not make the November 4, 2014 ballot in Colorado as an initiated constitutional amendment. The measure would have changed the secretary of state from an elected to an appointed official. The appointments would have been made by the governor, subject to approval by the Senate and last for six-year terms. The appointee would have been prohibited from having been involved in partisan politics during the three years prior to their appointment and required to act in a nonpartisan manner. The Ballot Title Setting Board officially titled this measure "An amendment to the Colorado constitution concerning a nonpartisan Secretary of State, and, in connection therewith, converting, effective January 2017, the office of Secretary of State from a partisan elected office with a four-year term to an appointed office with a six-year term filled by the governor subject to confirmation by the state senate, prohibiting the person so appointed from having been involved in partisan politics during the prior three years, requiring the secretary of state to act in a nonpartisan manner when discharging his or her duties and to refrain from engaging in certain political activities, and restricting the grounds on which the secretary of state may be removed."[1][2]

The measure would have amended Section 1 and Section 3 of Article IV of the Colorado Constitution.

Text of measure

If the measure had been placed on the ballot, the language would have appeared as:[1]

Shall there be an amendment to the Colorado constitution concerning a nonpartisan Secretary of State, and, in connection therewith, converting, effective January 2017, the office of Secretary of State from a partisan elected office with a four-year term to an appointed office with a six-year term filled by the governor subject to confirmation by the state senate, prohibiting the person so appointed from having been involved in partisan politics during the prior three years, requiring the secretary of state to act in a nonpartisan manner when discharging his or her duties and to refrain from engaging in certain political activities, and restricting the grounds on which the secretary of state may be removed?[3]

Constitutional changes

The measure would have amended Section 1 and Section 3 of Article IV of the Colorado Constitution. The full text of the proposed changes can be read here.

Support

  • Randy Schafer, primary proponent
  • Joe Kinnie, second proponent

Path to the ballot

See also: Laws governing the initiative process in Colorado & Amending the Colorado State Constitution

Supporters would have had to gather 86,105 valid signatures by Monday, August 4 at 3:00 PM for the measure to appear on the ballot. This measure was withdrawn by supporters with plans to attempt a 2015 ballot placement, instead.[4]

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