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Colorado Elections to Fill Vacancies Initiative (2010)
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Several states across the United States raised and continued to raise similar initiatives after questioning appointments made by governors. In Colorado, Democratic Gov. Bill Ritter named former Denver Public Schools Superintendent Michael Bennet to the Senate. Bennet had never held elected office. Republicans proposed changing to special elections. The bill however was killed in the state Senate.
Path to the ballot
- See also: Colorado signature requirements
In order to qualify the proposed measure for the 2010 ballot a minimum of 76,047 valid signatures were required. The signature filing deadline for the 2010 ballot in Colorado for initiated constitutional amendments was August 2, 2010. However, as of petition deadline day, no signatures were filed.
- State of Colorado, "Proposed initiative measure 2009-2010#3, concerning elections to fill vacancies," December 29,2008
- Associated Press, "Congress mulls elections to fill Senate vacancies," March 11,2009
- Prior to the enactment of Colorado House Bill 1326 (2009), the signature deadline for initiated statutes and initiated amendments was the same--3 months before the election.
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