SPECIAL COVERAGE: Step up to the ballot box

Cheslyn Johnson, 9, casts her first-ever ballot Nov. 6, 2018, during a Kids Election Day party at the Sand Creek Library in Southeast Colorado Springs. [Express photo/file]

Here’s the lowdown on this November’s election

Registered voters, don’t forget to check that mailbox. El Paso County Clerk and Recorder Chuck Broerman announced Monday, Oct. 14, that about 409,000 ballots for the November election were sent.

“We know the citizens in our county are anxious to have their say in the direction of our state and local community,” Broerman said in a statement. “I encourage people to take their civic responsibility seriously and take this opportunity to vote and make their voices heard.”

Southeast Colorado Springs voters will be asked four questions — two each from the city and the state. And those who live within Colorado Springs School District 11 boundaries will be tasked with choosing their top four board of education candidates from a field of eight hopefuls.

The Southeast Express does not endorse candidates or issues; however, here’s a look at what’s on your ballot:

City ballot question 2B asks whether the city should be allowed to keep and spend up to $7 million in existing funds that would otherwise be returned under the Taxpayer’s Bill of Rights. The money would be earmarked for parks, trails, and sports and cultural facility projects, including Panorama Park, the Leon Young Sports Complex and the Sand Creek Trail.

City ballot question 2C asks voters’ permission to renew an existing 0.57 percent (or 5.7 cents per $10 in goods) sales tax for road repairs and improvements. The original tax, approved at 0.62 percent (or 6.2 cents per $10) was approved in 2015 and is slated to sunset in 2025.

State proposition CC would give Colorado permission to keep taxes collected over the state revenue cap, and use the revenue to fund public schools, higher education, roads, bridges and transportation.

State proposition DD asks whether the state should be allowed to legalize and tax sports betting at licensed casinos. If approved, it is expected to raise $29 million each year for water projects.

As for the D-11 board of education, eight candidates are vying for four open seats. The hopefuls, in alphabetical order, are: Mary Coleman, Darleen Daniels, Jason Jorgenson, Parth Melpakam, Vincent Puzick, Conner Sargent, Joseph Shelton and Chris Wallis. To read candidate-completed questionnaires, visit southeastexpress.org.

Although the ballots have already gone out, it’s not too late to participate. The last day to register and receive a mail-in ballot is Oct. 28, and Colorado accommodates same-day registration.

Ballots must be returned to the Clerk and Recorder’s office by 7 p.m. Nov. 5 to be counted. For more voter resources, including a map of ballot drop-off locations, visit EPCvotes.com. Voter registration information can be found at GoVoteColorado.com.



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