Voters approve campaign finance law, deny other amendments |

Voters approve campaign finance law, deny other amendments

Josh Nichols

Like voters statewide, Moffat County residents are in favor of campaign finance reform, but that is the only change they want to see made to the Colorado Constitution this year.

Of the five amendment questions on Tuesday’s general election ballot, only one passed.

Amendments regarding mail-ballot voting, petitioning onto the primary election ballot, same-day voter registration and English-language education were each defeated by about 1,000 votes locally.

“The problem is people are confused by the whole thing,” said Moffat County Democratic Party chairman Tim Christensen of amendment questions.

Christensen worked a polling site in Craig Tuesday.

“A few people looked at me and said, ‘These amendments are killing me,'” he said.

The one amendment approved of locally, Amendment 27, reduced the amount of campaign contributions that people can make to candidates.

A total of 2,458 Moffat County residents voted in favor of the amendment, while 1,720 voted against.

Amendment 28, which would have created a mail-in voting system for all elections, was defeated, 2,837 to 1,289.

Amendment 29, which would have eliminated the assembly process, requiring potential candidates to petition onto the primary ballot, was defeated, 2,708 to 1,351.

Voters also opposed Amendment 30, which would have allowed same-day voter registration, by a vote of 2,983 to 1,237.

Tim Jantz, chairman of the local Republican Party, said he thought the amendments were denied by a large margin because people don’t like seeing amendments on the ballot.

“People don’t like the idea of completely altering the constitution,” he said. “They also need to make the amendments a little clearer and easier to understand.”

Those who bring the amendments forward need to work harder to educate the public on what the amendments mean, Jantz said.

“People putting the amendments on the ballot are not informing people well enough,” he said. “Voters are tired of it. On a lengthy ballot, people are just going to vote no when they get to the amendments.”

Amendment 31, which would have required school districts to provide special classrooms dedicated to English instruction for non-English-speaking students, was defeated, 2,626 to 1,766.

To implement the program laid out in the amendment, Moffat County School District Superintendent Pete Bergmann said it would have cost the district anywhere from $200,000 to $300,000.

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