Article credit: 9News.com Voter Guide 2018
Author: Philip Maravilla. Published: 3:46 PM MDT October 8, 2018 Updated: 12:21 PM MDT October 17, 2018
How to make sure you're registered to vote, profiles on all the top candidates, analysis of statewide ballot measures and everything else you need to know for the 2018 election in Colorado.
Let this guide be your vote of confidence as you fill out your ballot.
Make sure you can vote in Colorado — and find your polling place.
If you need to register to vote, start here.
If you aren't registered, you can register through Election Day. A person can register to vote and receive a ballot up until 7 p.m. on Election Day by visiting a voter service and polling center in person.
If you are registered, find your registration, change party affiliation or choose your primary ballot.
You can look up your polling place and the status of your vote-by-mail ballot here.
Voter Registration FAQs: sos.state.co.us/pubs/elections/FAQs/VoterRegistrationFAQ.html
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These are the candidates vying to be Colorado’s next governor
The Centennial State’s next governor faces a wide range of challenges: sustaining the robust state economy and ensuring it benefits everyone, tackling a housing affordability crisis, repairing – and paying for – crumbling roads, balancing oil and gas development and health and the environment, public school funding, bridging the urban-rural divide. Here’s what each contender stands for.
Colorado’s high-stakes congressional race
Control of the U.S. House of Representatives is at stake. It’s always a big deal, but in this election, it’s a HUGE deal. Republicans want to maintain control. Democrats are licking their chops, hopeful to tip the balance. In Colorado, one House race is drawing a lot of attention – and lots of campaign contributions. Who wins could determine the balance of power in Congress. The 6th Congressional District has been held by Republicans for the past several election cycles, but a Democrat is making a solid challenge. Here are profiles of the two major-party candidates and what they stand for.
Statewide ballot measures. Their outcome affects all of us. Know what they’ll do.
Limits on where oil and gas development can take place. More money for public education. Efforts to take politics out of political redistricting. Competing amendments for road and transportation funding. 9NEWS will analyze all 13 statewide ballot measures. You can see those here as they get posted.
TO READ & REVIEW THE CHAMBER'S POSITION ON
First, learn the ABCs and 123s of The ABCs and 123s of Colorado ballots.
Amendment V reduces age qualification for legislative members from 25 to 21.
Amendment W shortens language on the Colorado ballot regarding judicial retention by consolidating questions.
Amendment X changes the definition of industrial hemp from a constitutional definition to a statutory definition.
Amendment Y establishes an independent commission for congressional redistricting.
Amendment Z establishes an independent commission for state legislative redistricting.
Amendment A repeals a constitutional exception on the ban of slavery that allowed for slavery and involuntary servitude as punishment for a crime. (Click/tap here for a video breakdown.)
Amendment 73 establishes tax brackets and raises taxes to fund education.
Amendment 74 requires that property owners be compensated for any reduction in property value caused by state laws or regulations.
Amendment 75 changes campaign finance contribution limits and requirements.
Proposition 109 authorizes bonds for transportation projects without raising taxes. (Click/tap here for a video breakdown.)
Proposition 110 authorizes bonds for transportation projects and raises taxes to repay the debt. (Click/tap here for a video breakdown.)
Proposition 111 restricts the charges on payday loans to a yearly rate of 36 percent and eliminate all other finance charges and fees associated with payday lending.
Proposition 112 mandates that new oil and gas development projects, including fracking, be a minimum distance of 2,500 feet from occupied buildings and other areas designated as vulnerable.
Meet the candidates for Colorado attorney general
There are two top contenders for the job of Colorado's top lawyer. The attorney general represents the state government in all its lawsuits. Here are the basics on the contenders.
Meet the candidates for Colorado Secretary of State and Treasurer
Jena Griswold is a Democrat running to become Colorado Secretary of State. She is a lawyer who served in the Obama administration and was Gov. Hickenlooper’s liaison in Washington D.C.
Wayne Williams is a Republican running as an incumbent to retain office as Colorado Secretary of State. He is a lawyer who has served as clerk and recorder and county commissioner in El Paso County.
Dave Young is a Democrat running to become State Treasurer. He currently serves in the State House of Representatives, representing Greeley, Evans and Garden City.
Brian Watson is a Republican running to become State Treasurer. He is a commercial real estate investment executive and is the founder of an organization that promotes free-market principles to grow business.
How to judge a judge
The State Commission on Judicial Performance evaluates district and county judges standing for retention in the following categories: integrity, legal knowledge, communication skills, judicial temperament, administrative performance and service to the legal profession and public.
Colorado Office of Judicial Performance Evaluations allows you to search for judges standing for retention in your district. Click this link and search by your county.
The Colorado Office of Judicial Performance Evaluations publishes a list of all judges’ performance evaluations.
The Blue Book
The Blue Book is your guide to information on the 13 statewide measures on the ballot and on the judges who are on the ballot for retention in your area. Analysis is performed by the Legislative Council Staff, a non-partisan arm of the state legislature.
2018 Blue Book (English)
2018 Folleto Informativo (Blue Book en Espanol)
2018 Blue Book Fiscal Impact (English) Fiscal Impact Statements for the 2018 statewide ballot measures.
2018 Folleto Informativo - Estimaciónes del Impacto Fiscal (en Español) Declaraciónes de Impacto Fiscal por los medidas de la balota de 2018.
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