October First Friday: What Are We Voting On?
Panel discusses the upcoming election and Colorado ballot issuesEmma Martz | School of Public Affairs Oct 20, 2020
The panel discussed what they believed to be the most important statewide ballot initiatives, and all were in agreement that fiscally oriented measures—such as Proposition 117, Amendment B, and Proposition 116—would be of highest priority and interest for constituents. The controversial Amendment B, to repeal the Gallagher amendment, sparked an interesting debate between Hansen and Fields, who offered great insight and context into arguments for and against repealing it.
With so much national attention on mail-in ballots, a first for many U.S. states, Teske asked the panelists their thoughts on Colorado’s voting process. All panelists agreed that Colorado is well poised to have a successful mail-in ballot process, given the state’s long-time experience of offering this method of voting to Coloradans. “There’s a lot of confidence in our voting system, but there may be hiccups across the country,” said Hansen, referencing Kenney’s example of voting failures that have “fueled fires to undermine the faith in our election.”
Lastly, the panel predicted the results of the primary and Senate elections in Colorado and analyzed polling numbers, touching on whether Colorado is moving toward permanence as a blue state, based on factors like the economy and a younger electorate moving to the state.