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2018 Ballot Measure - 2E: Initiative, Referendum and Recall Processes

Boulder voters will consider a variety of measures on the Nov. 6, 2018, election, including this one. Visit election information for a complete list of ballot measures and other information.

Ballot Language

Initiative, Referendum and Recall Process Charter Amendments

Shall Sections 29, 38A, 38B, 39, 40, 44, 48, 54, 56, and 177 of the City Charter be amended pursuant to Ordinance 8272 to:

  • clarify the actions required to be taken if a candidate withdraws from a city council election;
  • establish the number of signatures required for an initiative and referendum to be at least ten percent of the average number of registered electors of the city who voted in the previous two municipal candidate elections so as to return this number closer to the range that was in place prior to changes in federal law and registration procedures;
  • establish the number of signatures required for a recall to be at least twenty percent of the average number of registered electors of the city who voted in the previous two municipal candidate elections; 
  • amend the process and establish a fixed schedule for filing, review and consideration of initiative, referendum, and recall petitions so that both petitioners and city staff will have clarity and certainty;
  • set standards for the city clerk’s examination of petitions so that this examination is completed in a timely fashion and that the possibility of fraud is minimized;
  • provide for input from the petition committee to the city council prior to setting the ballot title to help ensure accuracy of the title; and
  • require that an ordinance passed by vote of the people may only be amended by two-thirds of the council members present, and only if the amendments are consistent with the basic intent of the ordinance or are necessary to come into compliance with state or federal law?  

For the Measure ____  Against the Measure ____

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