Oct 28, 2021 - News
1-minute voter guide on Denver ballot measures 2G and 2H
A ballot being dropped into the Denver skyline.
Maura Losch/Axios

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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