What’s on your ballot?
By Kathy Fallert
If you want to know what is on your ballot for the upcoming November election, here are a few great resources available to answer your questions.
The Douglas County website features election information (https://www.douglas.co.us/elections/), including the 2020 General Election Composite Sample Ballot for residents living in Douglas County. The sample ballot presents candidates, amendments, propositions and issues. For further analysis of issues presented on the ballot, more detailed information can be also be found.
The Ballot Information Booklet (Blue Book) provides voters with the text, title and an impartial analysis of each initiated or referred constitutional amendment, law or question on the ballot at the local or state level. The analysis includes a summary of the measures, the major arguments both for and against the measures and a brief fiscal assessment of the measures. The analysis may also include other information that may help voters understand the purpose and effect of a measure.
For more information or to read the 2020 Colorado Blue Book or the Fiscal Impact Statements, visit https://www.douglas.co.us/elections/election-information/whats-on-my-ballot/.
Similarly, Ballotpedia, a nonprofit and nonpartisan online resource, is a digital encyclopedia of American politics and elections. If you are making decisions about how you will vote in federal, state and local elections, Ballotpedia provides the latest political news and analysis.
So how does it work? It is as simple as going to ballotpedia.org, clicking on “What’s on your ballot?” and typing in your address. A sample ballot including all issues you will be eligible to vote on is generated, including links to analysis and additional information.
Additionally, Ballotpedia includes neutral, accurate and verifiable information about government officials and the offices they hold, political issues and public policy, elections, candidates, and the influencers of politics. To learn more, visit ballotpedia.org.