Colorado ballot measures to watch
Colorado voters will weigh in on numerous measures that could change how they live, work and play.
By the numbers: At the city and state level, voters will decide on more than 140 municipal ballot questions, according to the Colorado Municipal League. Here are a few we'll be watching closely on election night.
1. Mountain housing
Details: At least five mountain communities — Aspen, Carbondale, Dillon, Grand Junction and Steamboat Springs — are voting on potential short-term rental tax increases that will pay for affordable housing and services.
- The measures come at a time when living in these mountain towns is increasingly more expensive, and other towns are exploring strategies to raise money to pay for affordable housing, including lodging taxes.
2. Ranked-choice voting in Fort Collins
Details: Voters will decide whether the city moves to ranked-choice voting for its local elections, where voters select candidates in order of preference, and contenders are eliminated one by one based on who collects the most votes if no candidate gets more than 50%.
- It's by far the most debated measure on the city's ballot, according to the Coloradoan, which reports that supporters say this process ensures a true voter consensus.
- Opponents suggest the system is too complicated, and could lead to voter disenfranchisement.
Flashback: Denver Elections supported using ranked-choice voting was supported last year, though it failed to garner much support from elected officials in the city.
- Of note: New York City moved to ranked-choice voting and used it for the first time during its 2021 primary election.
3. Colorado Springs could get recreational marijuana sales
Details: The state's second-largest city could allow recreational marijuana sales, 10 years after Coloradans voted to make it legal at the state level.
- The city already has more than 100 medical marijuana dispensaries, but approval of this measure would allow these operations to also sell recreational marijuana.
Zoom in: Cripple Creek, Dove Creek, Hotchkiss, Nunn and Palmer Lake are considering similar measures.
4. Boulder votes on CU South's annexation
Details: Voters will decide whether to nullify an agreement approved last fall between the city and the University of Colorado Boulder over the annexation of a piece of land called CU Boulder South.
- Reversing the annexation agreement — which made 308 acres at Table Mesa Drive and U.S. 36 part of the city, according to the Daily Camera — would require the city to go back to the drawing board with the school and determine a plan for the plot.
One reason the city wants the piece of land is because it would help with flood protection, though the university wants to build a campus there, according to the Boulder Beat.
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