Initiative Procedures & Guidelines

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Table of Contents

I. Initiative process guidelines
1. Preparation and drafting
2. Review and comment meeting
3. Opportunity to amend proposal
4. Filing the text with the Secretary of State
5. Ballot title & Title Board hearing

II. Ballot title requirements
1. Single-subject requirement

III. Title board hearing
1. Responsibilities of the designated representatives
2. Motion for rehearing
3. Filing an appeal with the Colorado Supreme Court

IV. Guidelines & requirements for petitions
1. Preparing petition sections for circulation
2. Petition format

V. Petition entities
1. License requirement
2. Application for license
3. Denial of a license
4. Revocation of license
5. Complaint, hearing & judgment
6. Application for reinstatement of license
7. Decision on application for new or reinstated license
8. Registration requirement

VI. Circulation of petition: gathering signatures
1. Training for petition entity representatives & petition circulators
2. ID requirements for circulators

VII. Filing the petition for verification of signatures
1. Filing a report of expenditures related to petition circulation
2. Complaint by a registered elector

VIII. Statement of sufficiency or insufficiency
1. Opportunity to cure insufficiency
2. Public access to filed petitions
3. Protesting the Secretary of State's determination

IX. Placement on the ballot
1. Withdrawal of an initiative petition
2. Withdrawing as a designated representative

X. Online resources

XI. Colorado Secretary of State contact information

XII. Appendices
a. Glossary of common terms
b. Procedures regarding petition format approval - statewide initiatives