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Colorado
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Jena Griswold

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Secretary of State
Jena Griswold

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Referendum Petitions

What is a referendum petition?

A referendum petition is a petition circulated to gather the signatures of registered Colorado voters in an attempt to have a bill that was passed by the legislature placed on the ballot as a statewide ballot issue. The right of referendum can be found in Article V, Section 1 of the Colorado Constitution. Referendum proponents are required to gather signatures equal to 5% of the total votes cast in the previous secretary of state general election contest. The signatures must be submitted to the Secretary of State's Office within 90 days of the adjournment of the general assembly in which the bill passed. The right of referendum does not extend to any bills passed by the legislature with a "Safety Clause", which is placed at the end of a bill.

Referendum

Senate Bill #19-042 (National Popular Vote) (PDF)

Proponents: Rose Pugliese & Don Wilson

Date format approved: March 15, 2019

Date petition due: August 1, 2019 (90 days after general assembly adjournment)

# of signatures required: 124,632

Date petition submitted: August 1, 2019

Sufficient or insufficient: Signature lines currently being examined.  Deadline to issue determination is August 30, 2019.

Ballot year: 2020

House Bill #19-1052 (Concerning The Creation of Special Districts To Provide Early Childhood Development Services) (PDF)

Proponents: Karl Honegger & Marty Neilson

Date format approved: April 12, 2019

Date petition due: August 1, 2019 (90 days after general assembly adjournment)

# of signatures required: 124,632

Date petition submitted: n/a

Sufficient or insufficient: Petition void because petition not submitted by August 1, 2019 deadline.

Ballot year: 2020