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1-4-1404. Referral of question in multiple-county judicial districts

Overview of Statute

In judicial districts composed of more than one county, the collective county boards will serve as the governing body for such issues. Each county will have the ballot question. The wording of the ballot question must be substantially identical in each county and the alphabetical, numerical, or alphanumerical designation used to identify the measure will be identical on each ballot. For an entire amendment to pass, it must pass in each and every county.

Statute

(1) For a judicial district whose territory is comprised of more than one county, the boards of county commissioners of each county situated within the judicial district shall be the governing bodies to refer any ballot question to the eligible electors of their respective counties regarding the lengthening, shortening, or elimination of the limitation on terms of office for the district attorney of the judicial district imposed by section 11 of article XVIII of the state constitution.

(2) Any such ballot question shall appear on the ballot in each county situated within the judicial district at the same election. The wording of the ballot question shall be substantially identical in each county situated within the judicial district and the alphabetical, numerical, or alphanumerical designation used to identify the measure shall be identical on each ballot that includes the measure.

(3) Notwithstanding any other provision of law, if such a measure is approved by the eligible electors of a county situated within the judicial district but was not referred to or approved by the eligible electors of each county situated within the judicial district at the same election or if the wording of the measure was not substantially identical in each county situated within the judicial district, such measure shall be deemed void.

 

Source: L. 2010: Entire part added, (SB 10-070), ch. 238, p. 1041, § 1, effective May 20.

Definition [State]

A state of the United States, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, the United States Virgin Islands, or any territory or insular possession subject to the jurisdiction of the United States. C.R.S. § 1-8.3-102.

Definition [Ballot]

(a) A federal write-in absentee ballot;

(b) A ballot specifically prepared or distributed for use by a covered voter in accordance with this article; or

(c) A ballot cast by a covered voter in accordance with this article.

(2) “Covered voter” means:

(a) A uniformed-service voter defined in paragraph (a) of subsection (9) of this section who is a resident of this state but who is absent from this state by reason of active duty and who otherwise satisfies this state’s voter eligibility requirements;

(b) An overseas voter who, before leaving the United States, was last eligible to vote in this state and, except for a state residency requirement, otherwise satisfies this state’s voter eligibility requirements;

(c) An overseas voter who, before leaving the United States, would have been last eligible to vote in this state had the voter then been of voting age and, except for a state residency requirement, otherwise satisfies this state’s voter eligibility requirements; or

(d) An overseas voter who was born outside the United States, is not described in paragraph (b) or (c) of this subsection (2), and, except for a state residency requirement, otherwise satisfies this state’s voter eligibility requirements if the last place where a parent, legal guardian, spouse, or civil union partner of the voter was, or under this article would have been, eligible to vote before leaving the United States is within this state.

C.R.S. § 1-8.3-102.

Definition [Election]

Any election under the “Uniform Election Code of 1992” or the “Colorado Municipal Election Code of 1965”, article 10 of title 31, C.R.S. C.R.S. § 1-7.5-103.