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Colorado 2008 ballot measures

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Fourteen statewide ballot propositions were on the November 2008 ballot in Colorado.

Colorado was slated to have 18 measures on the November 2008 ballot but just hours before the October 2, 2008, deadline, union sponsors of four controversial amendments announced they had struck a deal with business interests, leading them to pull all four measures from the ballot. (Because ballots were already being printed, the measures appeared on the ballot, but the withdrawal resulted in no votes for those measures being counted.)[1][2][3]

In 1912 Coloradons voted on 22 ballot measures. The closest any subsequent election year has come to that is in 2008, 2006 and 1972. Fourteen measures were on the ballot in each of those years.

  • With 10 initiatives on the 2008 ballot, the historical total of Colorado citizen initiatives increased to 206 since the beginning of the process in 1912. Of those, 72 have been approved by voters, and 134 have been defeated.

On the ballot

November 4

Type Title Subject Description Result
CICA Initiative 46 Affirm action Prohibits state and local government agencies from discriminatory and preferential treatment Defeatedd
CICA Initiative 47 Labor Bans union contracts under which membership and dues are required Defeatedd
CICA Initiative 48 Abortion Defines of 'person' to include any fertilized egg, embryo or fetus Defeatedd
CICA Initiative 49 Paycheck Bars payroll deductions to benefit private organizations Defeatedd
CICA Initiative 50 Gambling Allows certain municipalities to extend hours of limited gaming operations, increase maximum bet Approveda
CISS Initiative 51 Taxes Increases state sales tax to fund services for developmentally disabled Defeatedd
CICA Initiative 52 Taxes Increases severance tax, creates the Colorado Transportation Trust Fund Defeatedd
CICA Initiative 54 Elections Closes a remaining loophole in Colorado election law by banning the practice of "Pay to Play" Approveda
CISS Initiative 58 Taxes Eliminates tax credit for property taxes paid for payers of the severance tax Defeatedd
CICA Initiative 59 Taxes Creates state education fund savings account Defeatedd
LRCA Referendum L Elections Lowers the age of a candidate for the Colorado House and Senate from 25 to 21 Defeatedd
LRCA Referendum M Constitutions Eliminates obsolete provisions in the constitution about land value increases Approveda
LRCA Referendum N Constitutions Eliminates obsolete provisions in the constitution about intoxicating liquor Approveda
LRCA Referendum O Direct democracy Changes signature requirements for qualifying an initiated constitutional amendment for the ballot Defeatedd

Not on the ballot

The measures in this list filed signatures, but were not on the 2008 ballot for a variety of reasons.

Type Title Subject Description Result
CI Amendment 53 Law enforcement Criminal liability for executives of businesses found guilty of criminal conduct Proposed ballot measures that were not on a ballot
CICA Amendment 55 Labor Just cause for employee discharge or suspension Proposed ballot measures that were not on a ballot
CICA Amendment 56 Healthcare Every employer that employs 20+ employees to provide major medical health care for employees. Proposed ballot measures that were not on a ballot
CI Amendment 57 Labor Employers to maintain a safe and healthy workplace for their employees Proposed ballot measures that were not on a ballot
CICA Initiative 82 Affirmative action Would prohibit the state from discriminating against any individual. Proposed ballot measures that were not on a ballot

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