Colorado 2010 Mid Term Voter Guide


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Colorado 2010 Mid Term Voter Guide

  1. 1. •• • • • • • • • • • ••• ••• •• •• •• •• OW T H E S E C A N D ID A •• •• TE • •• T H ? • W S •• OU FIC E HO S • • •• 'S TA • D OF N • IN RU D IN N IF •• N O 'S •• • O N IN H DO • • • •• •• E G • W D ? •• RE E UC • ••• HE A ••• AR HO T IO N • • • • • O ULD I C O N O MY? • W N? • • • • • • •• • • WHE ? • WHERE Y SH W DO I FIN E EC TIO D RE DO TH WH O RA U I F • DO IG T IN A I ? M D W E BS FI O IM ND H O N U T N ER D T E VO J H O I 'M O N O W O O U T RE G ISTE RED T D T HE ND N H S E CAN STA A OW D ID A T E S ST THE ES S E C A N D ID AT
  2. 2. COLORADO 2010 MidterM elections VOTeR GuIDe What is the voter guide? On November 2nd, the mid-term elections will be held all across America. You will decide who will represent you in Congress and in your State Capitol. Do you know who is running to represent you? Do you know where they stand on issues that will affect your everyday life? If not, don't worry… we got your back: This voter guide tells you what you need to know before you step in the voting booth. What's at stake? Real talk, we are all struggling to answer some basic questions about our lives: accessible & Comprehensive take on predatory lenders and de- health Care velopers, and provide emergency housing for people in crisis. Can i see a doctor? We believe high quality physical Climate Justice and mental health care, including & Clean energy full reproductive health services and prescription drugs, is a right and must Can we survive? be affordable and accessible to all. Real talk: Its now or never. We should be a leader in building a affordable & clean energy future. This will cre- accessible housing ate millions of new jobs, improve Can i have a place to live? our health, and avoid future wars. We believe decent, safe, accessible We need to get serious switching and affordable housing is a right from dirty coal and nuclear power for all. The government should to wind and solar energy.
  3. 3. • • • • 2 01 0 M i dt e r M e l ec t i o n s VOT e R G u I D e • • • • healthy Jobs & economy safety in our World Can i make a decent living? Can we have real peace and We believe workers, the backbone safety? of this country, have a right to paid Real national security comes from sick days and a living family wage. being a respected and respectful Workers should have the right to member of the global community. organize without fear. This is how This means ending torture and other we revive the middle class and al- human rights abuses. It also means leviate poverty. ending the war in Iraq and offering strategic humanitarian relief. Quality & affordable education Can i go to college without being voting rights & in debt for the rest of my life? election reform We believe every young person Can i vote? Will my vote be in this country has the right to a counted? What's up with politicians high-quality, affordable education trying to make it harder for us to from pre-school through college. vote? Why can't i register and vote on the same day, like my friends in rights for New americans Minnesota and Wisconsin? Can i be Can i be treated with respect sure my vote is counted? regardless of where i was born? We believe voting is a right for Immigration policy should not all citizens, including students criminalize people for seeking attending college out of state, a better life. We are a nation of felons, and people who need immigrants and diversity is our special help to participate. We strength. We need fair and hu- support public financing to take mane immigration reform that money out of politics. We oppose keeps families together, offers ID requirements and other pathways to citizenship, fair com- discriminatory barriers to voting. pensation, and basic services like health care and college loans. safe Communities Can i feel safe on my street? Building more prisons doesn’t make us safer. Instead of our generation spending $40,000 a year is facing a critical moment locking someone up, that will define our country for we should invest in job years to come. as a coalition of new training, education voters, we were a huge factor in both counselors, drug rehab 2006 and 2008. We will be the difference and programs that lift again in this election! too much is at stake in people up. We must this election to sit this out… get to know where take the safety of the candidates stand on our issues, then get women seriously in out and vote on November 2nd! our homes and on the streets. We’ve got this and other non partisan voter guides online, so check us out at — share it with your friends, send to your mom.
  4. 4. ••• A • UC • • • • pag e 4 • • • • •• ? ED G • BALLOT INITIATIVeS IN •• N O N •• D • N •• • TA In our state, there are ballot amendments that put crucial • •• decisions on important issues in the hands of the voters in the •• state. In the upcoming election there are 8 ballot amendments in Colorado, so we’ve highlighted a few that have a direct impact on us. If you want the full list you can check out Colorado’s board of elections page. H aMeNdMeNt 62: U T amendment 62 alters the definition of a person; the term “person” would O HO then apply to every human being from the beginning of the biological T D U N development of that human being. This would be applied to: Sections 3, H O FI 6, and 25 of Article II of the state constitution W D I IN T Financial impact: No clear impact. DO I F U O aMeNdMeNt 63: DO RE ND amendment 63 makes it so that all people have the right to health care ? • WHERE • • WHE DO I FI choice meaning- no statute, regulation, resolution, or policy adopted or enforced by the state of Colorado could require any person directly or indirectly to participate in any public or private health insurance plan, health coverage plan, health benefit plan, or similar plan. Also it would • • • • • forbid the state from denying, restricting, or penalizing the right or abil- HOW IO N ity of any person to make or receive direct payments for lawful health care services AT ••• Financial impact: No clear impact. • UC •• ? D G E •• e L e C T I O N S IN N • O N •• D •• N TA • In order to know who you want to vote for, you need to •• • know what they’re responsible for. Then you can check • •• out how they stand on the issues you care about. We’ve highlighted two races but to see all the races check out Colorado’s board of elections page. the goverNor: (DMV), construction, education, legal matters, law enforcement) • Oversees all public related op- • Communicates directly with the erations (I.e. paying taxes, cars state legislature
  5. 5. • • • • 2 01 0 M i dt e r M e l ec t i o n s VOT e R G u I D e • • • • • Accounts for all state money • Advocate and work to prioritize received and spent the issues most important to • Appoints certain officers as re- their constituents quired by the state constitution and statutes and fills vacancies the senate is responsible for: in state offices • Investigate pressing national issues • Signs or vetoes bills passed by • Supervise the actions of the the Legislature • Calls elections to fill vacancies for judicial and executive branches members of the u.S. Congress of government • Issues requisitions for the return • Confirm or rejecting treaties of accused persons initiated by the President • Enforces all criminal laws • Confirm any Presidential ap- pointments (Supreme Court Who’s running? judges, Attorney General etc) Jaimes Brown • Try any federal official accused Libertarian Party of a crime after the House votes to impeach that official 303-349-9188 • Filibuster during debates on Jason Clark bills- a filibuster is when an in- Independent dividual Senator can choose to delay or entirely prevent a vote 720-514-0623 on a bill Paul Fiorino Who’s running? Independent Michael Bennet 303-825-7570 Democratic Party John hickenlooper Democratic Party 303-433-0022 ken Buck 303-831-4425 Republican Party dan Maes Republican Party 303-756-2825 303-781-6237 Bob kinsey Green Party tom tancredo American Conservative Party 303-949-4073 303-858-8336 Charley Miller Independent seNators: • Draft, introduce and sponsor new bills J. Moromisato • Debate and pass bills to go Independent before the President vetoes or signs them into law 303-321-0577
  6. 6. DO I ON? • WH • • • • • • So you’ve made your decision about HOW which candidate you’re voting for ments of part 3 of ar- and what you’re voting on but ticle 2 of title 42, C.R.S.; ATI ••• before you head to the polls; • A valid United States • UC passport; •• make sure you know if you’re ? ED •• G registered, how to vote, and • A valid employee identi- fication card with a photo- •• N where to vote. O graph issued by any branch, •• D department, agency, or entity •• N of the united States government • • or of this state, or by any coun- •• ty, municipality, board, authority, or other political subdivision of this state; Colorado election • A valid pilot’s license issued by Protection information the federal aviation administra- If you need more information tion or other authorized agency about election rules and of the united States; regulations contact your County • A valid United States military Elections Official at: http:// identification card with a www.elections.colorado. photograph; gov, the Colorado Secretary of State website at: http:// • A copy of a current utility bill, or visit bank statement, government the 866 OurVote website at: check, paycheck, or other gov- a ernment document that shows resource created by the Lawyers’ your name and address; Committee for Civil Rights under • A valid medicare or medicaid Law and its partners. card issued by the united Polling Place hours States health care financing administration; election Day: November 2, 2010 7 a.m.–7 p.m. • A certified copy of your birth certificate issued in the united how to Check registration States; Call 1-866-OuR-VOTe • Certified documentation of use the registration tool on the naturalization; or Secretary of State’s website. • A valid student identification Contact your County elections card with a photograph issued Official by an institution of higher edu- cation in Colorado, as defined in voting information section 23-3.1-102 (5), C.R.S. identification required to vote If you do not have one of these forms • A valid Colorado driver’s license; of identification, you will be required to fill out a provisional ballot. • A valid identification card issued by the Department of Revenue how to Find Your Polling Place in accordance with the require- Call 1-866-OuR-VOTe
  7. 7. • • • • 2 01 0 M i dt e r M e l ec t i o n s VOT e R G u I D e • • • • Visit the Secretary of State’s information For People website or contact your County who have Moved or Elections Official Changed addresses absentee voting If a voter moves from one county Any registered voter can vote by Mail- in Colorado to another with the in- In (or Absentee) Ballot either perma- tention of making the new county nently or for just for this election. a permanent residence, after 30 rules and deadlines: days the voter has lost residency If you wish to have your Mail-In in the county they used to live in. Ballot mailed to you, the applica- In order to be eligible to vote, the tion must be received by your voter must re-register with the County Clerk’s Office by close of County Clerk in the new county business on the Tuesday that is they live in. 7 days before the election. 2010 General election deadline: Octo- For the 28 days before and on the ber 26th. day of any election, any registered voter who appears in person at Mail-In Ballots may be obtained in person at the County Clerk’s the office of the clerk and recorder Office until close of business on of the county where they’re reg- the Friday before the election. istered, may complete a change 2010 General election Deadline: of address form stating that they October 29th. moved no later than the 30th day Absentee ballots must be received before the election and that, on by the County Clerk no later than election day they will have lived at 7:00pm on election Day. the new address in the new pre- cinct for at least thirty days. early voting A voter who moves from the Colorado allows for early voting county where they are registered during regular business hours for during the 29 days before any ten days before a primary election election, and therefore after the and a special legislative elec- tion and for fifteen days before registration period has closed, a general election. 2010 General can vote by an absentee ballot, by election: early voting begins on early voting, or at the polling place October 18th. of the precinct where they were already registered. To find your early voting polling place, contact your County elec- information for People tions Official. The last day for early voting at the early voters’ polling with Felony Convictions place for the General election is by Anybody who is convicted of a close of business the Friday pre- felony and is either incarcerated ceding the election. 2010 General or on parole is ineligible to vote. election: October 29th upon completion of your sen- 2010 general election: tence and/or release from parole, october 29, 2010 you must re-register to vote
  8. 8. The Generational Alliance ( is a 501(c)3 collaboration of 15 national youth organizations building collective power for underrepresented & low-income communities. We're working together to win real change for our generation on the issues we face on a daily basis. We're not just around for the election. Our members are on the block 24-7, 365 days of the year to bring the change that our communities need. The GA members have come together with our strategic partners to make sure our communities have all the information they need to get out there and vote this election because our generation is facing a critical moment that will define our country for years to come. Too much is at stake in this election to sit this out…