Friednash: Collecting signatures during a pandemic may be impossible. And that might not be so bad.
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Friednash: Collecting signatures during a pandemic may be impossible. And that might not be so bad.

Author, Denver Post, April 10, 2020

Direct democracy, Colorado’s fourth branch of government, is shaping up to be COVID-19’s first major 2020 election-day casualty.

Voters have the power to initiate legislation as either a statute or a constitutional amendment, but because of the pandemic, this popular vehicle is headed for a concrete wall.

Dating back to 1992, when Douglas Bruce changed the Colorado political landscape for perhaps forever, voter-initiated ballot issues have become wildly popular. Between 1999 and 2019, 108 measures have appeared on the statewide ballot with only 42% being approved.

While ballot issues are used to advance good solutions outside of the legislative process, there is a dark side too.

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