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Don't Underestimate Power of Special District Elections in CO

PHOTO: Next Tuesday, citizens across Colorado will have the chance to vote for the people who will directly impact things such as water quality, health and wellness and recreation in their communities. Photo credit: Dsw4/Wikimedia Commons.
PHOTO: Next Tuesday, citizens across Colorado will have the chance to vote for the people who will directly impact things such as water quality, health and wellness and recreation in their communities. Photo credit: Dsw4/Wikimedia Commons.
April 29, 2014

FORT COLLINS, Colo. - Next Tuesday, in special-district elections, citizens across Colorado will have the opportunity to choose the people who will directly affect the water quality, health and wellness services, recreation and more in their communities. The 1,600 special districts, funded by a portion of local tax dollars, are designed to serve each district's specific needs.

Gerry Cummins, president, League of Women Voters of Colorado, says taking the time to vote next Tuesday should be a priority for every citizen.

"It's the one chance they have to say exactly where their tax dollar can be spent," Cummins says, "and by that I mean if you're electing board members, you want board members who take those concerns into consideration."

Depending on where you live, absentee ballots may be automatically sent, or you may have to request them. The deadline to request an absentee ballot could be as early as today in some counties. The special district election will be held statewide on May 6.

Sally Broste chairs the voter service team of the League of Women Voters in Larimer County, where a Health District decides on funding for things such as mental health services, Affordable Care Act support, and measures related to distracted driving.

"These kinds of things impact all of us, so we hope to very much encourage people to participate in this election," Broste says.

Cummins notes that the sometimes low profile of the special district elections can make it hard to get the word out to voters.

"It's difficult for a lot of them to be aware of when the election is because these are not districts that will buy TV time or take out ads in newspapers or anything like that, because of cost," Cummins adds.

More information is available from local county clerks and recorders.


Stephanie Carroll Carson/Diane Ronayne, Public News Service - CO