So many choices! Colorado is looking at nine statewide referenda dealing with everything from slavery to the presidential primary and a number of local issues as well. We’ll be keeping track of what Colorado’s voters have decided here.
Amendment 69, which would have created a single-payer healthcare system, has failed, and Proposition 106, which allows terminally ill people to get a fatal dose of barbiturates from their doctor, has passed.
So far, it’s looking like the following issues are ahead by a healthy margin: Amendment 70, which raises the minimum wage, Amendment 71, which makes it harder to amend the constitution, and Proposition 107, which creates a presidential primary
Amendment 72, which raises cigarette taxes, and Amendment U, which involves property taxes for people who use state lands, have failed.
These results represent about 57 percent of the estimated ballots cast and come from complete results from 31 counties and partial results from 26 counties.
Amendment T bans slavery.
Amendment U would give a tax break to people who make less than $6,000 annually by leasing government land.
Amendment 69, aka ColoradoCare.
Amendment 70 would raise the minimum wage in Colorado.
Amendment 71 would make it harder to amend the state constitution.
Proposition 106, aka the “right to die” measure.
Proposition 107 would create a presidential primary to replace the party-run caucuses and allow unaffiliated voters to vote in that primary.
Proposition 108 would allow unaffiliated voters to vote in primary elections while the parties would still control, through caucuses and conventions, the process of selecting candidates for the primary.