DENVER (CBS4) – More than 1.2 million Coloradans have already mailed in or dropped off their ballots in this year’s election. If you are among the million or so who haven’t voted yet, the following reports by CBS4 might help you make some decisions in important races.
Your Colorado ballot contains an unusually large number of candidates for president (more than 20!). Watch Alan Gionet’s Good Question report about why Colorado has so many listed.
Speaking of the presidential race, you’ll find on your ballot Propositions 107 and 108, which would change how Colorado presidential primaries work in 2020 and beyond.
The U.S. Senate race in Colorado is getting closer, according to a new CBS News poll. CBS4 Political Specialist Shaun Boyd recently provided in-depth candidate profiles of Democratic Sen. Michael Bennet and Republican challenger Darryl Glenn.
Boyd has also been in her Reality Check reports been focusing on the heated race for Colorado’s 6th Congressional District, which encompasses parts of Adams, Arapahoe and Douglas Counties.
Incumbent Republican Mike Coffman in one ad accused challenger Democrat Morgan Carroll of using her position as a state lawmaker to pass bills that benefitted her as a trial attorney. Carroll ran an ad that links Coffman with Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump’s more controversial stances.
In the Reality Check video clip below, Boyd takes a closer look at an ad that claims Carroll is soft on sex offenders.
One of the most hard fought battles on the ballot that is not a race between candidates is Amendment 70, which would would hike the minimum wage to $9.30 per hour in 2017 and then increase it 90 cents each year until 2020. The measure has been the source of rallies at the capitol in Denver and the U.S. Labor Secretary has come to Colorado to show his support.
In another Reality Check, Boyd looks at ads from both supporters and opponents Of Amendment 70.
Proposition 106 is also a source of television ads this campaign season. It would allow terminally ill patients to take life-ending drugs. Boyd reports in the video clip below that it’s likely those ads won’t have much of an effect on how you cast your vote for this ballot initiative.
Speaking of ballot initiatives, it always seems like there are a lot each time there’s an election in Colorado. Amendment 71 would make it harder to change Colorado’s Constitution and thereby make it likely there would be fewer initiatives that get voted on each election cycle. See a Reality Check about that below.
Other statewide ballot initiatives CBS4 has reported on include:
Amendment 69 would create the first single-payer health care system in the country.
Amendment 72 poses the question to Colorado voters of whether the tobacco tax should be hiked.
Amendment T calls for a reference to slavery to be removed from the Colorado Constitution.
This is the first election that all registered voters in Colorado can vote by mail in a presidential election. Once you have completed your ballot that you received in the mail, you’re past the recommended date for mailing it, so it’s better to drop it off at one of your county’s designated voting dropoff boxes.
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