Colorado Springs Charter Amendment Question (April 2011)

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A Colorado Springs Charter Amendment Question was on the April 5, 2011 ballot in the city of Colorado Springs which is in El Paso County.

This measure was approved

  • YES 44,353 (52.74%)Approveda
  • NO 39,745 (47.26%)[1]

This measure sought to amend the city charter so as to make it that six of the nine council members would be elected from districts and the remaining three would be at large positions. Since this was approved, this will be implemented in the April 2013 municipal elections.[2] Proponents of district representation noted that the council member elected from a certain area will have better direct knowledge of residents and businesses and the city has grown far larger so that at large is now too broad. Different areas of the city also have different views and agendas so on the council there would be a wider variety of members.[3]

Text of measure

The question on the ballot:

Shall the City Charter of the City of Colorado Springs be amended to provide for more direct representation of the community by the nine members of Council by requiring that three candidates receiving the highest number of votes be elected at large and the one candidate receiving the highest number of votes elected from each of six districts beginning with the April 2013 general municipal election; and shall the two winning at large candidates receiving the least number of votes in the April 2011 General Municipal Election serve only two years ending with the April 2013 General Municipal Election by amending City Charter Article II and any other provisions of the City Charter in conflict therewith, particularly Article II(a)(1) to read, in part, Elective Officers — Terms, 'the Mayor and three (3) members of Council shall be elected at large by the qualified electors of the City and one (1) member of Council shall be elected from each of the six (6) election districts of the City by the qualified electors of such district as hereafter provided' and Article II(b) to read, in part, Districts, 'at least one hundred twenty (120) and not more than one hundred fifty (150) days before any City election at which district members of Council are to be elected, the City Clerk shall divide the City into six election districts having substantially equal populations'?[4]


  1. Colorado Springs Government, April Election Results
  2. Colorado Springs Government, April ballot issues
  3. The Gazette, "OUR VIEW: Vote yes on ballot issues 1a and 1b," March 28, 2011
  4. Note: This text is quoted verbatim from the original source. Any inconsistencies are attributed to the original source.