Amendment W is concerning whether or not judges should stay in office and the language that’s used to ask voters to decide.

Type: Change in state constitution. 55 percent required for passage.

The issue: Should the state make minor tweaks to its judicial retention ballot?

This is what lawmakers often refer to as a “clean-up” measure — except it’s cleaning up the constitution, so voters get a say. It replaces male pronouns with the more inclusive “he or she” when asking voters if judges should stay in office. It also consolidates the ballot format a bit to avoid asking the same question over and over again.

The ramifications: County election clerks will use a little less paper when mailing judicial ballots.

For more: Read the referred measure and ballot analysis.

— Brian Eason, Special to The Colorado Sun 

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