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Gov. Polis Allows Electronic Signatures for Ballot Initiatives, Including State Paid Leave Program

Over the weekend, Gov. Jared Polis signed a temporary executive order authorizing the electronic collection of signatures for ballot initiatives in the November election. In order to reduce in-person contact, he directed the state Secretary of State to create temporary rules for registered electors to receive and return issue petitions over mail and email.

This move will allow for an easier path for several pending ballot initiatives, including the creation of a state-run paid family and medical leave program. The Colorado Chamber opposes the multi-billion-dollar measure, which has failed to pass in the General Assembly in five out of the past six legislative sessions. The expedited signature process will also impact several other ballot measures, including changes to the state income tax.

Business group Colorado Concern filed a lawsuit today against the governor’s executive order. The Secretary of State must develop and finalize the rules for the signature process by June 24, 2020.

View the governor’s announcement here.