Denver ballot measures 2G and 2H would change how the city does its business.
Ballot measure 2G would revoke the mayor's appointing power over the Office of the Independent Monitor — the city's police watchdog — and reinstate it under the Citizens Oversight Board.
- The board consists of nine appointed community members who oversee how effectively the monitor does their job. Members are picked by the mayor and city council.
- The goal is to improve the effectiveness and autonomy of the Office of the Independent Monitor and avoid conflicts of interest.
Proponents: The measure is backed by numerous Denver City Council members and criminal justice reform advocates.
Opponents: No organized opposition group has formed.
- Denver Mayor Michael Hancock's office says he remains neutral on the measure.
Ballot measure 2H would move the city's election date one month earlier, from May to April.
- The switch would grant Denver's clerk and recorder more time to meet federal and state election deadlines when a June runoff election is required.
- With one extra month, the city is given a longer window to order ballots and ship them to voters both within city limits and those serving in the military overseas.
Proponents: The measure is supported by Denver's Office of the Clerk and Recorder and several council members.
Opponents: No organized opposition group has formed, though some argue city leaders should have adopted ranked-choice voting — an earlier consideration — instead of moving the election date.
- The runoff, they say, opens opportunities for special interest money to "buy off" elected officials.
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