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March 17, 2014
SB 158 guarantees that recall elections conducted by county clerks will be run in the same manner as other elections, with the use of mail ballots for all voters as well as in person voting at voter service and polling centers. It also aligns the deadlines in statute for conducting the recall with the deadlines that are in the Colorado constitution.
March 1, 2014
The bill allows a state subsidy currently being used to maintain telephone lines in hard to reach areas to be shifted to broadband build out. While we support this in concept, it phases out the subsidy before it even gets started, bars not for profit and local governments from participating, and guarantees oversight of the fund for industry, leaving out consumer advocates.
Letters & Testimony
January 26, 2009
Testimony from Common Cause Colorado given in opposition to House Bill 1115. It reads, in part, 'We are here to testify in opposition to HB 1115 which requires photo ID for voting. Colorado Common Cause is the lead organization in the coalition of Just Vote Colorado, an election monitoring project that has been monitoring CO elections since 2004. In fact, the program was conceived in 2004 to address anticipated problems with the then new requirement to present ID at the polls before voting.'
January 23, 2009
This Statement out of Colorado state reads, in part, 'The Colorado Constitution authorizes the Independent Ethics Commission (?IEC? or ?Commission?) to give advice and guidance on ethics issues arising under Article XXIX of the Colorado Constitution and any other standards of conduct and reporting requirements as provided by law. The IEC issues this Position Statement for the purpose of clarifying the provisions of Section 3(4) of Article XXIX of the Colorado Constitution [?Section 3(4)?], relating to gifts from lobbyists.'
September 27, 2017; Blog Post
We secured a local victory this September when the Denver City Council approved updates to the city's campaign finance reporting laws--with a unanimous vote!
August 31, 2017; Blog Post
Please join us in welcoming our 2017 Community Solutions Program Fellow, Aldridge Chibomba! Aldridge hails from Mongu, Zambia, where he works with the public to identify and report government corruption.
June 30, 2016
The Census Bureau plans to count 2 million prisoners in a way that discriminates against other Americans
October 28, 2014
As the 2014 election enters its final days, Colorado is making progress in addressing the problems behind the long lines, clerical errors and misallocated resources that bedeviled the 2012 election, according to a new report from Common Cause.
Research & Reports
November 8, 2013
This Common Cause Colorado Report reads, in part, 'Coloradans overwhelmingly voted in favor of Amendment 65, which directs Colorado's members of Congress and State Legislature to approve a constitutional amendment to allow for campaign contribution and spending limits, one of the few ways Coloradans have to push back against unlimited outside spending. The measure passed statewide with 74% of the vote, and passed in every single county in Colorado.'
January 11, 2013
This step by step guide to the online database of political contributions provided by http://tracer.sos.colorado.gov educates_ the user on how to search the site.
Elections Director, Colorado Common Cause, State Staff
Elizabeth Steele is the Elections Director for Colorado Common Cause. She works on elections policy, voter protection, and coordination with elected officials on the state and local levels.