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Colorado Supreme Court rules on Secret Ballot title challenge

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October 15, 2009


DENVER, Colorado: Earlier this week the Colorado Supreme Court ruled that the three measures (Initiatives 22-24), also known as the Colorado Save Our Secret Ballot (2010), do not violate the state's single-subject rule.[1] The challenge was filed by Philip Hayes of the AFL-CIO. According to court documents, Hayes argues that the ballot language violated the state's single-subject rule, which is a constitutional requirement that amendments address only one topic so as not to confuse voters.[2] In reaction to the news, Mark Grueskin, legal representative of Hayes said that the court fairly addressed their challenge. However, Grueskin added,"We still think people will be confused by these measures: They purport to create exceptions to federal law and guarantee certain rights that will have to be litigated in the future."[3]

The ballot title reads as follows:

Shall there be an amendment to the Colorado constitution concerning the right to vote by secret ballot regarding employee representation, and, in connection therewith, guaranteeing the fundamental right of individuals to vote by secret ballot where state or federal law requires or permits elections or designations or authorizations of employee representation?[1]

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