Anti-Fracking Ballot Petition May be 238 Signatures Short

A complaint filed against the Loveland group “Protect our Loveland” claims the group failed to gather enough signatures to qualify for November’s ballot among other complaints about the initiative’s qualifications. see our story

The irony here is the group’s left-wing organizers like the Massaros and Deanna Ball (formerly Occupy Loveland’s activists) may have fallen victim to their own Democratic party’s antics. While much attention has been paid to the hastily passed gun control laws in this year’s legislative session, little attention has been given to HB 13-1303 elections overhaul or “motor voter” legislation signed into law May 10, 2013 by Governor Hickenlooper.

By removing all barriers to voting (like common sense registration deadlines and purging of inactive files) Colorado will now have elections that even the United Nations and Jimmy Carter would not certify as valid if held in Haiti, Uganda or Uruguay. This is because the use of a unique identifier for voters (like indelible ink or showing picture identification) used in United Nations monitored elections would be a step too far for those who want mob rule in Colorado. A crowd of people can now present themselves at a polling place without identification or any prior registration and cast ballots. In addition, inactive voters will be mailed ballots despite the fact clerks know they no longer reside at the residence where they are registered to vote.

That second part is the problem. Prior to HB 13-1303, Loveland’s City Clerk interpreted our city charter’s requirement that ballot petitions must have 5% of qualified electors as only those voters that are active (thus qualified to receive a ballot). Now, anyone can get a ballot and the county clerk is required to send ballots to every registration whether active or not.

The term often used for registrations no longer active is “deadwood” on the voter roles. As a result of HB 1303 some counties in Colorado may mail out more ballots than the total population of that county according to recent census report. What sense does that make and how is the integrity of our electoral system being protected?

In any event, Loveland’s Clerk did qualify enough signatures to place the two-year fracking ban on the ballot even if you count inactive voters but the complaint is challenging 558 of those signatures she already qualified making the petition 238 short. Regardless of the clerk’s decision at the upcoming August 22, hearing to decide the matter it appears this is headed to court for a number of reasons.

9 Responses to “Anti-Fracking Ballot Petition May be 238 Signatures Short”

  1. enough ... says:

    Let the judge decide about the signatures –

    The real question is:

    What is this ballot issue asking me to vote on?

    This is a confusing mess at best — hopefully it gets kicked out because of the confusing language. Let the anti-fracking group fix this, and try again later. If they are asking me to vote Yes or No — I need a single question in plain english.

    If not — maybe during the next election we need to consider having multiple choice voting with options A thru F instead of just Yes or No.

  2. Kyle says:

    Local elections cost $30,000 per ballot issue. Why is the city going to spend all that money for nothing? Any well application is going to take at least one year to approve with the state and local authorities and about another 10-12 months when you add winter weather delays before an opertor can be online. What the hell? A two year moratorium is a stupid waste of taxpayer money! You already have the two years right now to do any more studies. These granola heads are running on emotion not facts.

  3. Jeremy says:

    How the question is titled on the ballot will make a difference, too.

  4. Greg Snyder says:

    I think we are well past the definition of a “Democracy” that the founders were fearful of due to the lack of statesmen at all levels of government.

  5. Administrator says:

    We have added the full text of Larry Sarner’s protest along with the City Clerk’s written response into our story page (links are under the story title).

    Click here if you just want to go directly to the protest document.

  6. enough ... says:

    Attention:

    Anti-Frackers — Pro Frackers — Semi Frackers, and any of the rest of you that are all Fracked up!

    Don’t miss the ‘Greatest Show in Town’ –

    Tomorrow – Thursday 22nd– City council Chambers — 8:30 AM

    The two sides will duke it out for all to see!!

    Tickets are free — but please donate $8.50 to you favorite charity for you attendance — this promises to be better than any movie you have seen lately.

    Come one — Come all!

  7. Jeremy says:

    Alas….My presence is required at my place of employment or I would be front and center so I could see the blood, sweat, and tears flying from all the low blows that are sure to occur.

    The city should set a dress code, no neon T-shirts allowed!

  8. June Bug in August says:

    Prairie Mountain Publishing, which owns, among others, the Loveland Reporter-Herald, has sold the Daily Camera building in Boulder and recently announced it will sell the Daily Times-Call building in Longmont. How long before the Reporter-Herald building is sold?

  9. enough ... says:

    Wouldn’t the Reporter Herald building make a lovely expansion for the Loveland Museum and Gallery project.
    Probably more cost effective than building a sky bridge ……

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