Colorado Secretary of State proposes changes in rules to "curing" initiatives

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September 13, 2010

By Kyle Maichle

DENVER, Colorado: Secretary of State Bernie Buescher is asking the Colorado General Assembly to take up legislation by repealing the law that allows initiatives to be "cured"[1].

The Best Practices and Vision Commission, a committee within the Secretary of State's office, voted by a 12-1 margin on September 8, 2010, to recommend that the General Assembly eliminate laws allowing failed initiatives to be "cured"[1].

Under law, proponents of initiatives have up to 15 days to cure an initiative by gathering more signatures if it fails a random sample. An initiative must have a random sample that has 90 to 110 percent of the signatures valid in order to qualify for the ballot[1].

The only amendment in the last seven years that was "cured" and qualified to be on the ballot was Amendment 62. Amendment 62 is qualified for the November 2010 ballot[1].

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