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The term often used for registrations no longer active is “deadwood” on the voter roles.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.