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Denver Car Impound Measure, 2009

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A Denver Car Impound Measure, Ordinance 300 was on the November 3, 2009 ballot in Denver County for voters in the City of Denver. The measure proposed to impound the vehicles of those caught without their valid drivers license and illegal immigrants.[1]

Election results

The measure was defeated.[2]

Denver Vehicle Impoundment
Result Votes Percentage
Defeatedd No 54,717 69.50%
Yes 24,016 30.50%
Total votes 78,733 100.00%
Voter turnout 70.0%

Text of Measure

The text of the measures reads as follows:

Shall the voters for the City and County of Denver adopt an ordinance amending the Denver Revised Municipal Code and in connection therewith, requiring the immediate impoundment of a vehicle when the driver is driving without a valid operator's or chauffeur's license, or driving contrary to the restrictions imposed upon their license, or driving while their license has been denied, suspended, canceled or revoked, or when a driver of a vehicle is an illegal alien, while mandating the issuance of a summons without requiring the immediate impoundment of a vehicle when a validly license driver does not have such license in their immediate possession but has corroborating identification and proof of insurance, and allowing bond exemptions for rental cars, stolen vehicles, expired licenses renewed within 20 days, and lien holders when vehicles were sold to validly licensed drivers?[3]


There was a large uproar about this proposed measure because the impound lots are already full and many citizens see this as the wrong way to tackle a growing problem. The fee to get ones car back is $2,500 and many cars remain in impound because people just cannot afford to get them out. City Councilman Doug Linkheart said that he thought the police were also against this measure, making their job more difficult and more strictly governed.[4]

Some citizens who received their early voting ballots asked city officials asking for clarification on this measure. The ballot language, they said, was confusing to most citizens who do not understand what the measure is trying to promote. The city clerk and Recorder hired the person who wrote the ballot and although the city council voted against the language of the ballot it still went through. The city council said they felt that it was important that all drivers be legal and licensed, so they are doing what they can to help voters who do not understand the ballot language.[5]

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