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Despite flawed petition gathering process, Initiative 22 vote to proceed
DENVER (October 15, 2013)—Despite the Initiative 22 campaign spending over $1 million on signature gathering to have 46% of their signatures rejected by the Secretary of State, the Denver District Court today ruled that the initiative’s proponents substantially complied with statute and will allow a vote on the initiative to proceed in the 2013 election.

"I am disappointed with the judge’s ruling this evening,” said former Democratic state Sen. Bob Hagedorn. “If a vested interest can spend a million dollars to place a proposed constitutional amendment on the ballot, the least that we can expect is strict compliance with the law."

The lawsuit, filed by Hagedorn and former Republican legislator Norma Anderson, contained three separate allegations.  The first showed that circulators had verified their own identification when signing affidavits attached to 3,130 sections containing 39,167 signatures.  Another showed that circulators did not include a permanent address on affidavits attached to 111 sections containing 1,350 signatures.  Finally, circulators did not present a valid form of identification on affidavits affixed to 57 sections containing 746 signatures.

In response to unethical practices by out-of-state paid petition gatherers, the Colorado General Assembly recently passed a series of laws to prevent potential fraud and abuse.  The Secretary of State also highlighted the serious compliance issues with Initiative 22’s signature gathering process by previously invalidating over 75,000 signatures.


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The bipartisan coalition, Coloradans for Real Education Reform, was developed to advocate for substantive reform that leads to measurable gains in student achievement and to oppose the billion dollar tax increase proposed by Amendment 66. For additional information, please email us at coforrealedreform@gmail.com.

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