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Colorado Elections to Fill Vacancies Initiative (2010)

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The Colorado Elections to Fill Vacancies Initiative did not appear on the 2010 statewide ballot in Colorado as an initiated constitutional amendment. It was a measure that would have changed the process through which vacancies of elected officials were filled in Colorado.

According to the initiative, the measure proposed an amendment to the state constitution that would have required a vote by the people when filling vacant seats of elected officials.[1]

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.[2]

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.[3] However, as of petition deadline day, no signatures were filed.

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