Deadline looms for Colorado ballot measures

Deadline looms for Colorado ballot measures

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Scenes from the seat of government on the last day of the state legislative session.

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Scenes from the seat of government on the last day of the state legislative session. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)

Six Colorado ballot measures ranging from presidential primaries to higher tobacco taxes have until the end of business Monday to try to get a place on November ballots.

Monday is Colorado’s deadline to turn in some 98,000 signatures for inclusion on ballots.

The Secretary of State’s office says that six proposals may see petitions turned in Monday. They include two proposals to change how oil and gas drilling are regulated, a change to a presidential primary vote instead of caucuses, and a measure to raise the tobacco tax.

The only question certain to be on ballots is a universal health care proposal. Petitions to raise the minimum wage, to allow dying people to access life-ending drugs, and to make it harder to amend the constitution have also been turned in.