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Colorado voters will be asked in November to ban abortions at 22 weeks of pregnancy

Backers of a proposed initiative to ban abortions at 22 weeks in Colorado have collected enough signatures to put the measure on the November ballot, the secretary of state’s office said Monday. The group behind the initiative, Due Date Too Late, collected 153,204 valid voter signatures, more than the 124,632 signatures required, the secretary’s office […]

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Campaign to ask Coloradans whether to ban abortions after 22 weeks claims it has enough signatures

A campaign to ban abortion in Colorado after 22 weeks of pregnancy said Thursday that it has collected enough signatures to make the November ballot.  The Due Date Too Late group says it reached its goal of collecting 30,000 additional signatures during its last window of opportunity. The campaign had submitted petitions in early March, […]

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Two lawsuits filed against Colorado governor’s decision to allow signature collection through email, mail

Two groups — including one hoping to ask voters in November to ban abortions in Colorado after 22 weeks of gestation — have filed separate lawsuits challenging Gov. Jared Polis’ executive order allowing signatures to be gathered for ballot initiatives through email and mail. The lawsuits appear to be the first direct legal challenges to […]

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Colorado governor suspends laws to allow signature gathering for ballot initiatives by email and mail

Gov. Jared Polis on Friday signed an executive order that will allow signatures for ballot initiatives to be gathered by email and mail  to ensure Coloradans’ democratic rights don’t become another pandemic casualty. The executive order suspended several laws and will prompt the Colorado Secretary of State’s Office to develop rules to allow for signature […]

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Denver judge places second Democratic U.S. Senate candidate who failed to collect enough signatures on primary ballot

A Denver judge on Thursday placed a second Democratic candidate for U.S. Senate on the June primary ballot even though she didn’t collect enough signatures to qualify for the election. Denver District Court Judge Christopher Baumann, in a ruling from the bench, ordered that community organizer Lorena Garcia should be on the ballot because she […]

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Colorado election officials take aggressive new approach to policing campaign violations

A new enforcement division at the Colorado Secretary of State’s Office is reviewing campaign finance filings and taking action against possible violations. It’s a sharp change from a system in prior administrations that required the public to file complaints about suspected violations of state law.  The more aggressive approach is drawing criticism from some observers […]

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The clock is ticking for citizen ballot measures, but the campaigns are paused due to the coronavirus

The coronavirus pandemic is making it harder for candidates and initiatives to qualify for the ballot in Colorado, and leading to concerns about disenfranchisement. The governor’s stay-at-home and social distancing orders are preventing advocates for eight ballot campaigns from collecting the 124,632 valid voter signatures each need to make the November election. Likewise, the efforts […]

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Bernie Sanders sits atop Colorado Democratic delegate count but Joe Biden is closing the gap

Bernie Sanders added to his total of Democratic delegates in Colorado after another former rival departed the race, but Joe Biden is closing the gap. Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren’s decision Thursday to drop out of the Democratic presidential primary means the five statewide delegates she won are shuffled to the remaining two viable candidates. Based […]

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Supporters of a 22-week abortion ban in Colorado turn in signatures, but may struggle to make 2020 ballot

The campaign to ban abortions in Colorado after 22 weeks of pregnancy gathered 43,000 signatures in six days in a last-minute rush to meet a deadline to get on the November ballot, many collected at Ash Wednesday services at churches across the state. The “Due Date Too Late” campaign submitted several boxes of petitions to […]

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Hickenlooper has likely secured his spot on the U.S. Senate primary ballot. But will the Democratic base embrace him?

John Hickenlooper on Wednesday likely secured his spot on Colorado’s 2020 Democratic U.S. Senate primary ballot, turning in thousands of signatures — about a month earlier than necessary — to ensure he is part of the June election.  But the two-term former governor still faces a test in the form of the the state’s caucuses […]