Western Slope to have as much weight as Front Range in elections

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MESA COUNTY, Colo. (KKCO/KJCT)-- The Western Slope will now have as loud of a voice in this year’s election as Denver.

It's a result from the Raise the Bar initiative that passed back in November.

Colorado Secretary of State Wayne Williams says ballot issues will need approval across the state, including right here on the Western Slope.

He says it will make it harder for ballot issues to pass with support only in a specific area, like on the Front Range.

“Now you have to go to Weld County or Mesa County if you want to limit fracking or the ability to extract minerals. So that makes it less likely to be successful," said Williams.

Williams added that there is a bill moving through the legislature right now. That would require each signature to be verified, not just the amount of signatures. He anticipates that going in to effect this year.

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