Colorado election 2021: All statewide measures fail, voter turnout low 

Written by: Children's Campaign
Date Posted: November 5, 2021

Colorado’s General Assembly and Congressional delegation were not part of the 2021 election, but several statewide and local ballot initiatives were up for a vote. Less than a third of registered Colorado voters returned ballots in Tuesday’s election — a record low for an odd-year election. Among the items on the ballot this year, the Colorado Children’s Campaign supported Proposition 110 and opposed both Proposition 120 and Denver’s Question 2F. 

Proposition 119, which would have created the Learning Enrichment and Academic Progress (LEAP) Program, was intended to improve the inequities in access to enrichment opportunities that students faced prior to the pandemic, and help students recover from the learning opportunities lost throughout the past 18 months. Proposition 119 would have given money to families that could have impacted kids directly across several areas including K-12 education, behavioral health, family economic security, and youth engagement. Election returns Wednesday morning showed that the measure failed with 54% of voters rejecting the initiative.  

Proposition 120, Property Tax Assessment Rate Reduction and Voter-Approved Revenue Change, would have decreased available funding for vital programs, including public education. The measure would have lowered property tax assessment rates for nonresidential property from 29% to 26.4%, and the residential assessment rate from 7.15% to 6.5%, beginning in 2023. The failure of this measure highlights voters’ recognition that it would have exacerbated the state’s revenue problem, making it more difficult to protect and garner critical investments in education and improve our financial sustainability. The measure failed with 57% of votes against.  

Issues pertaining to housing and homelessness were also on ballots across the state. Question 2F, Safe and Sound Denver, would have repealed the Denver Group Living Ordinance passed earlier this year. The Denver Group Living Ordinance increased the number of unrelated adults who can live together in a home to five (from the previous limit of two), and updated rules regarding residential facilities (e.g., shelters, community corrections, and nursing homes). The ordinance passed overwhelmingly at Denver City Council with support from over 50 organizations, following a lengthy community engagement process. The measure to repeal it failed, with 68% of votes against.  

You can find how other initiatives in your community fared here 

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The Colorado Children’s Campaign is a nonprofit, nonpartisan advocacy organization committed since 1985 to realizing every chance for every child in Colorado. We advocate for the development and implementation of data-driven public policies that improve child wellbeing in health, education and early childhood. We do this by providing Coloradans with trusted data and research on child wellbeing and organizing an extensive state-wide network of dedicated child advocates. For more information, please visit www.coloradokids.org.