Ballot/Blue Book

Ballot Information Booklet (Blue Book)

The 2016 Blue Book is the most recent blue book published by the Legislative Council Staff.

* Pursuant to Section 203 of the federal Voting Rights Act, Legislative Council Staff translates election information into languages other than English when the number of United States citizens of voting age in a single language group within the county:
  • is more than 10,000; or
  • is more than five percent of all voting age citizens; or
  • on an Indian reservation, exceeds five percent of all reservation residents; and 
  • the illiteracy rate of the group is higher than the national illiteracy rate.
Legislative Council Staff follows the determination of the U.S. Department of Justice as to which counties are subject to this requirement.  In 2016, these counties are Costilla, Denver, and Rio Grande.

The purpose of the ballot information booklet is to provide voters with the text, title, and a fair and impartial analysis of each initiated or referred constitutional amendment, law, or question on the ballot. The analysis must include a summary of the measure, the major arguments both for and against the measure, and a brief fiscal assessment of the measure. The analysis may also include any other information that will help voters understand the purpose and effect of a measure.

Article V, Section 1 (7.5), Colorado Constitution, and Section 1-40-124.5, Colorado Revised Statutes, require the Legislative Council Staff to prepare the ballot information booklet prior to each election in which a statewide issue will appear on the ballot.


Initiatives Filed

2017-2018 Initiatives Filed - This link provides a breakdown of where a proposed initiative is in the process. The original language and the review and comment memo are available here. The text of a measure submitted to the Title Board is available from the Secretary of State's office.


About the Initiative Process

Initiative Process - A description of the guidelines a proposal must meet to be certified for the General Election ballot.


Guide for Writing an Initiative - A style sheet that provides information on the format and style of proposed initiatives.

Blue Book  - This booklet provides information on the statewide measures  and on the judges that are on the ballot for retention in your area.

Secretary of State Election Center   - Information about past and present elections, title-setting calendar, and ballot related deadlines.


Historical Ballot Information

Ballot Issues -   English,  Español

Electronic access to earlier ballot information booklets is available from the University of Denver Westminster Law Library at: .

Ballot Issue History - A chronological listing of initiated and referred constitutional and statutory amendments since 1908.


Fiscal Impact Statement

Fiscal Impact Statments from  2001- Present