Colorado elections, 2013

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1 2013 elections
1.1 Special elections
1.2 Elections by type
2 Voting in Colorado
2.1 Important voting information
2.2 Voting absentee
2.3 Voting early
3 Elections Performance Index
4 See also
5 References


Colorado election information for 2013 is listed below. Below are the dates of note:

On the 2013 ballot
No regularly scheduled elections in Colorado.
Exceptions include special elections.
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U.S. Senate Defeatedd
U.S. House Defeatedd
State Executives Defeatedd
State Senate Defeatedd
State House Defeatedd
Ballot measures Approveda
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November 5, 2013
Election Results

2013 elections

Special elections

Several local ballot measures, two statewide ballot measures and two recall efforts were put to vote in Colorado in 2013.

Elections by type


Statewide ballot measures in Colorado

See also: Colorado 2013 ballot measures

Two statewide ballot measures were on the November 5, 2013 statewide ballot in Colorado.

Colorado's state legislative session began January 9, 2013, and concluded May 8, 2013. The signature deadline for initiatives was August 5, 2013. Supporters of Amendment 66 submitted 160,000 signatures to the Colorado Secretary of State on August 5 to qualify their measure for the ballot.[1] On September 4, the Colorado Secretary of State declared that 89,820 signatures out of the 160,000 submitted were valid. The required threshold of valid signatures was 86,105, meaning Amendment 66 squeezed by with only a little over 3,000 valid signatures to spare.[2]

Colorado Amendment 66 was one of only three initiated constitutional amendments on the November 5, 2013 election across the nation. The measure's support campaign, with its war chest of $10,427,029, has received the most monetary donations of any other support campaign on the 2013 ballots. Colorado Amendment 66 also featured a very large discrepancy between support and opposition campaign donations. The "No on 66" campaign received only $36,043. This was only 0.3% of what had been donated to the campaign in favor of Amendment 66.

Type Title Subject Description Result
LRSS Proposition AA Taxes/Marijuana Impose a 15% excise tax and a 10% sales tax on all marijuana sales in the state Approveda
CICA Amendment 66 Taxes Raise additional taxes for funding public schools, and implement the new School Finance Act (SB 213) Defeatedd
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Local ballot measures in Colorado

See also: Colorado 2013 ballot measures and Local ballot measures, Colorado

November 5, 2013

There are five articles about local measures proposing a moratorium or permanent ban on fracking in cities across Colorado. Four of these measures were on the ballot on November 5 and one, a City of Loveland Two Year Fracking Suspension Initiative, is awaiting a court case decision and may or may not be put on a later special election ballot.
There were also sales tax increases for recreational marijuana on the ballot in the cities of Denver and Boulder, which was on the ballot in concert with the proposed state-wide measure seeking a excise and sales tax on all recreational marijuana, Proposition AA.
In eleven counties, voters voted on a resolution requiring their respective county commissions "to Pursue the Creation of a 51st State" in concert with the other counties seeking to succeed. The counties in which this question was before voters on November 5 were:

April 2, 2013

On April 2, 2013, five local ballot measures were put to vote. Three ballot measures were approved and two were defeated.
  • 2 measures concerned the sale or zoning of city property.
  • 1 measure was a charter amendment seeking to increase the City Council salary.
  • 1 measure concerned the allocation of sales taxes.
  • The remaining measure requested tabor override authority to retain excess tax revenue.
Notable measure:
Colorado Springs City of El Paso County features a charter amendment to increase the City Council Salary from a little over $6,000 per year to $48,000 per year in an attempt to make it possible for young people and low-income people to run for City Council positions.

For more information about local ballot measures in Colorado, please click here.

Recall in Colorado

See also: Political recall efforts

As of April 2013, six recall efforts to oust state legislators have been attempted. Two recall campaigns, both from Colorado, obtained enough signatures prior to their deadlines to initiate an election. Recall elections for Senators Angela Giron and John Morse were held on September 10, 2013. Both legislators were targeted for recall after passing gun control legislation through means that circumvented any possible voter referendum.[3][4][5]

Angela Giron Recall

See also: Angela Giron recall, Colorado State Senate (2013)

Angela Giron was recalled from her position as Senator for District 3 on September 10. George Rivera (R) was selected to succeed her.[6]

Shall Angelo Giron be recalled from the office of State Senate, District 3?
Approveda Recall19,35556.01%
Candidates nominated to succeed Angela Giron should se be recalled:
ApprovedaGeorge Rivera (R) 19,301 88.16%
DefeateddWrite-in 2,592 11.84%

John Morse Recall

See also: John Morse recall, Colorado State Senate (2013)

John Morse was recalled from his position as President of the Colorado State Senate and Senator for District 11 on September 10. Bernie Herpin (R) was selected to succeed him.[7]

Shall John Morse be recalled from the office of State Senate, District 11?
Approveda Recall9,09450.96%
Candidates nominated to succeed John Morse should he be recalled:
ApprovedaBernie Herpin (R) 8,895 83.2%
DefeateddWrite-in 1,796 16.8%

Voting in Colorado

See also: Voting in Colorado
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Important voting information

  • Colorado uses an open primary system, meaning voters are not required to declare a party preference when registering to vote.
  • The deadline for registration in Colorado is 29 days prior to election day.
  • As of April 2015, Colorado is one of 20 states that have implemented full online voter registration. Residents can register online at this website.

Voting absentee

See also: Absentee voting by state

For information about eligibility, deadlines, military and overseas voting and updates to the voting laws in Colorado, please visit our absentee voting by state page.

Voting early

See also: Early voting

Colorado is one of 34 states that has early voting with no specific requirements as to who can vote early. Early voting begins 10 days before a primary election and 15 days before a general election and ends on the day prior to Election Day.[8] The nationwide average number of days prior to an election that voters can cast an early ballot is 21 days in states with a definitive starting date.

Elections Performance Index

See also: Pew Charitable Trusts' Elections Performance Index

Colorado ranked 3rd out of the 50 states and District of Columbia in the Pew Charitable Trusts' Elections Performance Index (EPI), based on the 2012 elections. The EPI examines election administration performance and assigns an average percentage score based on 17 indicators of election performance. These indicators were chosen in order to determine both the convenience and integrity of these three phases of an election: registration, voting and counting. Colorado received an overall score of 75 percent.[9]

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