Here’s how many behaved in Tuesday’s election.
Jared Polis and the future governors: The failure of Amendment 78 was intended to limit the spending powers of any Colorado governor during a state of emergency, while forcing lawmakers to jump more hurdles to spend public money.
Curators of school boards: Republicans were hoping to play their return in Colorado relevance to local school board races, where all politics are local and there is a lot of political heat under masks and vaccine warrants. According to Tyler Sandberg of the conservative education advocacy group Ready Colorado, the election had twice as many school board candidates as in 2017 and 2019.
Black silver: Undisclosed donors were big spenders with mixed results. The money flowed through campaign funders such as the Ready Colorado Action Fund, Colorado League of Charter Schools Action, Denver Parents for Great Schools, Denver Students, Families and Teachers United for Excellent Schools and a related group, Parents for Great Schools. Elsewhere on the ballot, powerful black money operations Unite for Colorado and Colorado Rising State Action poured a lot of money behind Amendment 78 and Proposition 120.
Electors who voted: The people who have come forward have a stronger voice in democracy. Elections outside of the year are usually low-turnout affairs with no governor or president on the ballot. About 1.1 million of Colorado’s 3.8 active voters did their duty, even though they made up a third of the roughly 3.3 million voters in last year’s record-breaking election. This adds up to more influence for fewer voters who took the time this year.
Pot buyers: Voters statewide rejected Proposition 119 to increase the state sales tax on recreational marijuana from 15% to 20%, while voters in Denver removed a tax of $ 1, 5% to raise $ 7 million per year for pandemic research. That would have given Denver smokers a 33% levy on retail purchases, the third highest among U.S. cities that tax marijuana.
Schoolchildren / Jared Polis: Along with the drop in the jar tax of Proposition 119 comes a proposal to provide children aged 5 to 17 with extracurricular programs such as vocational training, special education support, tutoring and mental health. Expanding education is a mainstay of the governor’s first term platform, and Proposition 119 is seen as a setback.
Owners: The demise of Proposition 120 was a final blow to the Colorado Conservatives’ offer to cut property tax rates this year (but not necessarily tax bills, due to rising values and repeal of the tax formula of the Gallagher Amendment last year). The General Assembly rewrote the tax definitions in June, easing the expected blow to the state budget from about $ 1.1 billion to $ 150 million.
Denver art scene: A set of five bond requests totaling $ 450 million (reimbursed with property taxes) was to benefit 88 cultural establishments, including $ 210 million to replace the Denver Coliseum and $ 30 million to restore the May Bonfils Stanton Theater on the former Loretto Heights College campus, Buell Theater renovations, plus money for the Denver Botanical Gardens, Denver Museum of Nature and Science, and Denver Zoo, among other municipal giveaways.
Homeless campers, perhaps: While Initiative 303 remained on the ballot, Denver District Court Judge Darryl Shockley on Sunday ruled that a three-day requirement to remove homeless camps from the city’s rights of way would not be legal because, if passed, it would interfere with “the discretion of law enforcement to prioritize its response to citizens’ complaints about illegal activities.” The plan would also have run counter to a federal court ruling in January that the city had to give seven days’ notice before vacating an encampment, Shockley said.
Skeptics of the elections: The purveyors of the idea that the elections are rigged watched another smooth election Tuesday in Colorado, where voters relied almost entirely on mail-in ballots under the leadership of Republican and Democratic election officials for nearly a decade. ‘a decade. Colorado has also pioneered risk mitigation audits – conducted in the open by hand – to demonstrate that the count is accurate.
Colorado Politics writers Joey Bunch, Ernest Luning, and Marianne Goodland compiled this list.