BACA COUNTY – The general election is coming up fast on November 6, 2018. Colorado voters will have a lengthy ballot in this year as we choose a new Governor, decide who will represent us locally, consider municipal and school district ballot measures, and make our choices on several constitutional and statutory ballot measures.
Local Clerk & Recorder offices will start mailing out ballots on Monday, October 15th. You have until October 29th to submit a voter registration application and still receive a ballot in the mail. If you miss that deadline, you can still submit an application at a Voter Service and Polling Center up to the day of the general election.
You may have already received the Ballot Information Booklet (Blue Book) which provides voters with the text, title, and a fair and impartial analysis of each initiated or referred constitutional amendment, law, or question on the ballot.
Here’s what you’ll find on your ballot in Baca County.
Congressional District 4
- Karen McCormick (Democratic)
- Ken Buck (Republican)
- Jared Polis / Dianne Primavera (Democratic)
- Walker Stapleton / Lang Sias (Republican)
- Bill Hammons / Eric Bodenstab (Unity)
- Scott Helker / Michele Poague (Libertarian)
- Wayne Williams (Republican)
- Jena Griswold (Democratic)
- Amanda Campbell (American Constitution)
- Blake Huber (Approval Voting)
Regent, University of Colorado At Large
- Lesley Smith (Democratic)
- Ken Montera (Republican)
- Christopher E. Otwell (Unity)
- James K. Treibert (Libertarian)
State Board of Education Member District 4
- Tim Krug (Democratic)
- Debora L. Scheffel(Republican)
State Representative District 64
- Kimmi Lewis (Republican)
- Teri Nilson Baird (Democratic)
Baca County Commissioner
- Shiloh Freed (Republican)
Baca County Clerk and Recorder
- Sharon Dubois (Democratic)
Baca County Treasurer
- Susan Cochell (Democratic)
Baca County Assessor
- Gayla J. Thompson (Republican)
Baca County Sheriff
- Aaron Shiplett (Republican)
- Brad Viner (Democratic)
- C.F. Elslob (Unaffiliated)
Baca County Surveyor
- No candidates for this office
Baca County Coroner
- Robert L. Morrow (Democratic)
“Without increasing taxes, shall Baca County have the right to provide advanced services (high speed internet), cable television services and telecommunications services, either directly or indirectly with public, and/or private sector partners, to residents, businesses, schools, libraries, health care facilities, nonprofit entities, and other users of such services located within the boundaries of unincorporated Baca County as expressly permitted by Title 29, Article 27 of the Colorado Revised Statutes?”
Shall the Springfield Cemetery District taxes be increased by an amount not to exceed 90,000.00 annually in the first full year (2018 taxes payable in 2019), and by whatever additional amounts are raised annually thereafter by a mill levy increase at a rate of 2.00 mills over and above the existing mill levy rate of 1.123 For a total mill levy of 3.124 mills for the purpose of paying the district’s administration, operation and maintenance expenses; and shall the district be authorized to collect, retain and spend the proceeds of such taxes and all other amounts received annually from any revenue sources whatsoever as a voter approved revenue change without regard to any spending, revenue raising or other limitation contained within article x, section 20 of the Colorado constitution, section 29-1-301, C.R.S. or any other law?
Colorado Supreme Court Justice
- Shall Justice Richard L. Gabriel of the Colorado Supreme Court be retained in office?
Colorado Court of Appeals Judge
- Shall Judge John Daniel Dailey of the Colorado Court of Appeals be retained in office?
- Shall Judge Rebecca Rankin Freyre of the Colorado Court of Appeals be retained in office?
- Shall Judge Elizabeth L. Harris of the Colorado Court of Appeals be retained in office?
- Shall Judge David J. Richman of the Colorado Court of Appeals be retained in office?
District Court Judge
- Shall Judge Michael Davidson of the 15th Judicial District be retained in office?
The amendment would change the minimum age to be elected to the Colorado General Assembly from 25-years-old to 21-years-old.
The amendment would change the language for judicial retention elections on the Colorado ballot to simplify the listing of judges on the ballot.
If passed, the amendment would redefine industrial hemp so it falls in line with existing federal law and Colorado statutes. The intent of the sponsors is to allow lawmakers more flexibility in defining industrial hemp when federal law changes, rather than going back to the voters for a constitutional amendment.
Amendment Y will take the responsibility of redistricting away from lawmakers in Congressional districts and in the hands of a commission to draw district maps, thereby ending the practice of gerrymandering.
Amendment Z will take the responsibility of redistricting away from lawmakers in the State Senate and State House and in the hands of a commission to draw district maps, thereby ending the practice of gerrymandering.
Amendment A seeks voter approval to remove a mention of slavery in the Colorado Constitution that allows slavery and indentured servitude to be used as a form of punishment for convicted criminals. While slavery and indentured servitude are already prohibited in the constitution, this measure would ensure it is prohibited in all circumstances.
If passed, Amendment 73 would amend the state constitution to raise income taxes on corporations, those earning more than $150,000 every year, and those earning more than $500,000 annually.
This initiative calls for property owners in Colorado to be compensated for any reduction in property values caused by state laws or regulations.
If passed, Amendment 75 would change campaign finance rules in Colorado to allow candidates to raise more money from individual contributions if their opponent donates $1 million or more to their own campaign committee.
If passed, Proposition 110 known as “Fix our Damn Roads” would call for the state to borrow $3.5 billion in bonds to fund the highest priority construction projects on CDOT’s list. The proposal also calls for state lawmakers to dedicate a minimum of 2 percent of general fund spending to repay debt from the project until it is paid in full.
If passed, Proposition 109 would increase Colorado’s sales and use tax from 2.9 percent to 3.52 percent for the next 20 years to fund transportation projects around the state.
If passed, Proposition 111 calls for the state to cap the maximum interest rate that payday lenders can charge at 36 percent and would regulate the charging of fees from payday lenders.
If passed, the measure would mandate that all new oil and gas development locations be a minimum of 2,500 feet away from occupied buildings and “vulnerable areas”
Ballot Drop Off Locations and Polling Centers:
You can drop off your ballot at the Baca County Clerk and Recorder’s Office, located at 741 Main Street, Suite 3, in Springfield, CO 81073.
The office will be open Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
it will also be open on Saturday Oct. 27 and on Nov. 3 from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
The office will also be open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Election Day (November 6)
There is also a 24-hour ballot drop off box located at the Baca County Courthouse on the east side of the building.