Denver’s local ballot measures: what looks likely to pass or fail — and what’s still close

Most local measures are poised to pass, with the exception of the measure charging landlords for eviction assistance.

A photographer drops off his ballot at a mobile polling center in downtown Denver on election day. Nov. 8, 2022.

A photographer drops off his ballot at a mobile polling center in downtown Denver on election day. Nov. 8, 2022.

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Election day may have passed, but votes are still being counted. Whether you stayed up late tuned in to your TV or decided to get a good night’s rest, we know you care. So here’s where things stand on the seven ballot measures Denverites voted on.

An important note: results are still unofficial, as the city is still counting ballots.

“Due to the usual high volume of ballots cast on Election Day, we will be counting ballots for the rest of the week,” said a spokesperson from Denver’s clerk and recorder.

Here are the numbers as of 8:50 a.m. Saturday.

Here’s what looks likely to pass:

Initiated Ordinance 306: The one that would require recycling and composting: This measure has almost 70% of the vote, and would require apartment complexes, restaurants, office buildings and other businesses to offer recycling and composting.

📚 Referred Question 2I: The one about a tax for library funding:

So far, over 67% of voters said yes, and around 33% said no. The measure would raise property taxes to increase library funding by $36 million, to go towards higher wages, expanded hours, additional programming and more.

🌎 Referred Question 2J: The one about the climate sales tax:

It’s winning by just over 70%, and would allow Denver to keep an excess $1.3 million gathered in sales tax revenue for fighting the climate crisis and economic disparity.

🏠 Referred Question 2K: The one that would fund homelessness programs:

The measure currently has nearly 71% support and 29% opposition. It would let the city keep an excess $1.3 million from a sales tax aimed at funding programs to support people experiencing homelessness.

🗳 Referred Question 2L: The one looking to “modernize” election procedures:

It’s winning by just over 80%. The measure would require citizen-led ballot initiatives to focus on one subject and make that clear in its title. It would also allow petitioners to file an initiated ordinance at any time, allowing for more time to gather signatures.

❌ Here’s what looks likely to fail:

🏠 Initiated Ordinance 305: The one that provides eviction defense by charging landlords a fee:

Latest results show almost 58% in opposition and around 42% in support. The ordinance would charge landlords $75 per property to go towards free legal assistance to people facing eviction.

🤔 Here’s what’s still close:

🚶🏽‍♀️ Initiated Ordinance 307: The one that would build more sidewalks through fees on property owners:

Latest numbers have supporters at almost 55% and opponents at around 45%. The ordinance is an ambitious plan to charge homeowners to repair city sidewalks. Fees would range from $2.15 per linear foot on a residential street to $4.30 per linear foot on downtown streets, based on how much property faces a street.

Full results should come in the next couple days. And if you’re wondering how things shook out statewide, our colleagues at CPR have got that covered here.

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