Ballot Initiative to Increase the number of Commissioners from 3 to 5 members!
Greater Gunbarrel is supporting a new ballot initiative to increase the number of County Commissioners from 3 to 5 members and to implement district voting for our commissioners!
History and the actual ballot language below – please read on!
Petitions must be signed in person!
If you don’t run into a petition circulator around town, stop by Café Blue (5280 Spine Rd) and ask for Leslie.
Formed in 1861, Boulder County was one of the original 17 counties in the Territory of Colorado. Since that time, we’ve seen Boulder County growing towards 500k people with an annual budget nearing $500 million and over 2000 employees. We believe this kind of responsibility too large for just 3 people to oversee. Additionally – the current 3 commissioners are voted in by the population at-large. That is, the commissioner must live in the district (1, 2 or 3) in which they represent, but the whole county votes for all the districts. This very much biases the votes to the population centers, resulting in the City of Boulder having the largest impact on election results, with little weight given to smaller communities, cities and very little to un-incorporated Boulder County.
The Boulder County Charter states that there can be up to 5 seated commissioners, but we have not moved past 3, even as our County has grown. Furthermore, in addition moving from 3 to 5 commissioners, the ballot measure would ask voters to approve voting by district – that is, only people in the district being represented vote for their candidates.
WE NEED YOUR HELP! To put the initiative on the ballot, we need to collect 10,838 signatures countywide from register voters in Boulder County by JULY 27th! Just two weeks from now!
Please watch for petition circulators and signing events in your neighborhoods. The petitions must be signed in person by registered voters residing in Boulder County.
Want to help?? We need circulators to gather signatures! Please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org for details!
Below is the actual language of the initiative as will appear on the ballot:
(vote Yes or No)
Shall the membership of the Boulder County Board of Commissioners be increased from a three member board to a five member board?
If the membership of the Boulder County Board of Commissioners is increased from a three member board to a five member board, by what method shall the Boulder County Board of Commissioners be elected?
(Vote for One)
_____ Five commissioners who shall be residents of districts and who shall be elected only by the voters resident in the district from which the member runs for election (this is what we SUPPORT!)
_____ Three commissioners who shall be residents of districts and who shall be elected only by the voters resident in the district from which the member runs for election and two county commissioners elected by voters of the whole county.
Stay tuned as we re-gear and get ready for the County Commissioners election in November 2018.
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