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Tuesday, November 2,2010

2010 Colorado ballot issues

'Numbers' poised to fail, but 'letters' on the brink of passing

By Boulder Weekly Staff

The message to voters leading up to the Nov. 2 election was “vote no on the numbers and vote yes on the letters,” and that appears to be what voters in Colorado have done.

As of press time, Amendments 60, 61, 62, 63 and Propositions 101 and 102 are headed toward sound defeat, while Amendments P, Q and R are poised to pass with 22 percent of Colorado precincts reporting.

Amendment 60 would have nullified “de-Bruceing” measures approved by voters for local governments across the state, thus prohibiting them from keeping excess property taxes. It would also have established expiration dates for future property tax increases and have allowed citizens to vote on property tax issues anywhere they own property. The measure was losing 77 percent to 23 percent at press time.

Amendment 61 would have prohibited the state from borrowing money and local governments from borrowing after 2010 unless voters approved the move. It would also have put staunch limits on government borrowing and required tax cuts following repayment of a loan. As of press time, the vote was running 75 percent opposed and only 25 percent in favor.

Amendment 62 would have given rights to fertilized eggs, making abortion and some forms of birth control illegal, as well as creating obstacles to in vitro fertilization and a host of legal difficulties relating to issues such as inheritance. As of press time, it is projected to lose by roughly 73 percent to 27 percent.

Amendment 63 is a citizen initiative in response to President Obama’s attempt at health care reform. It would amend the Colorado Constitution to prevent the state of Colorado from enforcing purchases of health care coverage under the federal Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA), which mandates that people buy health insurance and fines those who don’t. Of all the amendments, it was the closest at press time, running 55 opposed to 45 percent in favor.

Proposition 101 would have reduced state income taxes, eliminated all state and local taxes on telecommunications and reduced or eliminated taxes and fees on automobile purchases, leases and rentals, among other things. As of press time, it was being defeated with 70 percent opposed and 30 percent in favor.

Proposition 102, fronted by bail bondsmen, would have prohibited releasing defendants to pretrial release programs, except for first-time, nonviolent misdemeanor-level suspects. By press time, it was nearing defeat with 63 percent in favor and 37 percent opposed.

Amendment P would transfer licensing authority for games of chance, such as bingo or raffles, from the Department of State to the Department of Revenue. Also, it would allow the Legislature to change rules regarding the overseeing department and to change a requirement that a gaming organization must operate as a dues-paying organization for five years to qualify for a license. As of press time, the vote was split with 61 percent in favor and 39 percent opposed.

Amendment Q would make it constitutional for the state to temporarily move its seat of government from Denver in case of an emergency, such as a natural disaster or an act of terrorism. Currently, there are statutes and rules that would allow the Legislature to meet elsewhere, but nothing in the Constitution. As of press time, the vote was running 55 percent in favor, with 45 percent opposed.

Amendment R would amend the Colorado Constitution to exempt individuals or businesses operating on government-owned property (possessory interests) from paying property taxes if the value of the real property used is less than $6,000. It was poised to pass, with 62 percent in favor and 38 percent opposed.

As of 9:30 p.m. according to Fox News:

A - AMENDMENT 60 -- 791 of 3,246 precincts reporting (24%)


No

656,186

77%



Yes

201,180

23%


A - AMENDMENT 61 -- 781 of 3,246 precincts reporting (24%)


No

627,901

74%



Yes

215,090

26%


A - AMENDMENT 62 -- 780 of 3,246 precincts reporting (24%)


No

600,849

73%



Yes

227,119

27%


A - AMENDMENT 63 -- 755 of 3,246 precincts reporting (23%)


No

451,259

55%



Yes

367,300

45%


A - PROPOSITION 101 -- 755 of 3,246 precincts reporting (23%)


No

581,796

69%



Yes

255,515

31%


A - PROPOSITION 102 -- 670 of 3,246 precincts reporting (21%)


No

368,267

63%



Yes

213,344

37%


AMENDMENT P -- 796 of 3,246 precincts reporting (25%)


No

490,365

61%



Yes

310,701

39%


AMENDMENT Q -- 796 of 3,246 precincts reporting (25%)


Yes

422,022

55%



No

338,488

45%


AMENDMENT R -- 791 of 3,246 precincts reporting (24%)


No

494,232

62%



Yes

298,493

38%


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