At the Foundation, community engagement is a cornerstone of the work we do. Over the last few years, we’ve worked to have more focus on local communities and the health equity issues and actions that happen closest to home. From the Western Slope to the Eastern Plains and everywhere in between, each community has its own set of unique strengths and resources. That means better understanding local city councils and school boards. It means talking with community leaders and advocates, working to elevate voices and issues like never before.
During a critical election year – like this one – that also means deepening our understanding of “down ballot” policy issues. Policy issues that, whether approved or not, have an impact on your community’s health and well-being.
View our 2020 Local Ballot Measure Tracker, as well as the Colorado School Finance Project Election Tracker below. These trackers will be updated as results come in.
Questions? Contact us.
Local Ballot Measure Tracker
The 2020 Local Ballot Measure Tracker is a one-stop-shop compilation of municipal and county ballot initiatives from across the state of Colorado for the Nov. 3 general election cycle. The Colorado Health Foundation, in partnership with CRL Associates and PowerMap Ltd., have created this tracker to create greater visibility into critical policy decisions being made by voters at the local level this fall.
This tracker is open to all and may be shared widely. It can be used to better understand your own municipality or county’s local ballot measures, or to track similar issues pending before voters in other cities, towns and counties. Whether you are part of a large statewide association, a small, community-based organization, or you work on your own, this tracker will help fill an important knowledge gap for policy and advocacy activities in our state. This tracker will automatically be updated as new measures are proposed and when communities vote on ballot measures during “off cycle” local elections.
Please note: The Foundation provides this tracker for educational and informational purposes only. The Foundation is prohibited from engaging in direct lobbying activities and does not take positions in support or opposition to any state or local ballot measure.
Colorado School Finance Project Election Tracker
Additionally, the Colorado School Finance Project (CSFP) is a non-profit nonpartisan organization working to compile, collect, and distribute research-based, information and data on topics related to school finance and policy analysis for state and local policymakers. In 2010, CSFP began collecting information on local school district elections, including all Bond, Mill Levy Override, and BEST Matching questions. CSFP will actively watch the results and update as results are finalized. This completed process is ongoing until election results are certified.
Road Map to Passing Ballot Measures in Colorado
Ever wonder what it takes to pass a ballot measure? Colorado is one of 14 states that allow citizen-led initiatives to go directly on the ballot. In 2016, the Colorado ballot included numerous local and statewide ballot measures, which required substantial coalition-building and advocacy efforts. Watch our video explainer or read our report is a of the ballot measure life cycle, focusing on six case studies.