Amendment W in the 2018 Colorado election: What to know about the thing you know the least about on your ballot

This one’s about how the ballot reads.
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Amendment W asks whether to make a minor formatting change to local and state ballots.

Here’s the language you’ll see on your ballot:

Shall there be an amendment to the Colorado constitution concerning a change in the format of the election ballot for judicial retention elections?

What does that mean?

It's a minor change to the state constitution that would reformat the state ballot. When Coloradans vote on Colorado Supreme Court and Colorado Court of Appeals judges, they do so one question at a time. If Amendment W passes, county clerks and the secretary of state could write the question once, followed by each individual judge's name. Then you'd select the name.

Who's for it and who's against it?

For: Wayne Williams, the Colorado Secretary of State; the Colorado County Clerk's Association, Let Coloradans Serve, a group registered to Scott Merrifield, chief of staff to state Sen. Michael Merrifield; Win the Fourth Colorado Issue Committee, a group registered to Richard Marsh.

Against: It almost goes without saying, but Douglas Bruce, author of the Taxpayer Bill of Rights (better known as TABOR) is against it. In fact, he's listed as the opposition to [name 'em all here].

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