We created a summary of Colorado's ballot iniativies to help voters make decisions on these important set of questions. Check the links under More Resources to find extra resources at the end of each summary for arguments and information from supporters and opponents of each initiative.
1. Universal Healthcare (Amendment 69)
Amendment 69 would replace most private insurance with statewide single-payer healthcare coverage called ColoradoCare. The program would not prevent people from purchasing private health insurance. Program members would vote on candidates for a 21-member board of trustees, which would govern the program. A 10 percent payroll tax would be implemented to fund ColoradoCare—employers would pay 6.67 percent and employees would pay 3.33 percent.
A "yes" vote would support creation of the first statewide, universal health-care plan. A “no” vote would support leaving the state’s health insurance system as it currently is.
2. Minimum Wage (Amendment 70)
Colorado’s minimum wage is currently $8.31 for most workers. Amendment 70 would raise the minimum wage to $12/hour by 2020 in four stages.
January 1, 2017: $9.30 per hour
January 1, 2018: $10.20 per hour
January 1, 2019: $11.10 per hour
January 1, 2020: $12.00 per hour
Wages for tipped employees would rise from the current rate of $5.29 per hour to $8.98 per hour.
A "yes" vote means you support raising the minimum wage. A “no” vote would be in favor of leaving the minimum wage at its current rate.
3. Amending the state constitution (Amendment 71)
Amendment 71 is a ballot initiative that would make it more difficult to amend Colorado’s constitution through ballot initiatives. Yes, you read that right. The amendment would require ballot initiative petitioners to spread out and gather signatures in all of the state’s 35 senate districts. The amendment would also require a 55 percent supermajority for proposed constitutional amendments.
A "yes" vote would increase the difficulty of getting initiatives on the ballot. A “no” would keep the current ballot initiative requirements in place (simple 50 percent majority, no distribution requirements for petition signatures).
4. Tobacco taxes (Amendment 72)
A "yes" vote on Amendment 72 would raise the tax on cigarettes by $1.75 per pack.
A “no” vote on the amendment would maintain the current tax rate of $.84 per pack.
The money raised by the tax would be directed to anti-tobacco and health campaigns.
5. Assisted suicide (Proposition 106)
Proposition 106 would allow patients who have received a diagnosis of six months left to live to have the option of an assisted legal death. Physicians would be able to prescribe and patients would be able to self-administer drugs to end their lives.
A "yes" vote would make assisted suicide legal. A “no” vote would maintain the prohibition on assisted suicide.
6. Presidential primaries (Proposition 107)
Proposition 107 would scrap the state’s current party caucus system for selecting presidential nominees for an open primary system in which voters would not be required to be a member of a political party to vote in the primary.
A "yes" vote would create an open presidential primary system in Colorado. A “no” vote would maintain the current closed caucus system.
7. Primary elections (Proposition 108)
Proposition 108 would allow voters who are not registered with a party to vote in one party primary without registering with a party. One-third of Colorado voters are unaffiliated.
A "yes" would allow unaffiliated voters the chance to vote in a primary. A “no” vote would keep the current closed format.
8. Slavery (Proposition T)
A "yes" vote on Proposition T would remove language from the Colorado Constitution that allows slavery as a punishment for criminals. A “no” vote would keep the constitution unchanged.
More Resources: Colorado Together