|BREAKING: Anti-fracking ballot initiatives fail to make Colorado ballot according to secretary of state
DENVER—Colorado Secretary of State Wayne Williams just announced Initiatives 75 and 78 failed to collect the necessary support from Coloradans to make the 2016 November ballot.
Advancing Colorado Chief Jonathan Lockwood released the following statement:
“Coloradans rejected through the initiative process dangerous proposals that would choke our economy and limit our ability to produce energy while protecting our environment. Out-of-state special interests trying to hijack Colorado’s energy policy lost big time today. Coloradans know our energy portfolio, including wind, electric, oil and gas, strives for excellence and safety. Colorado is a leader and today’s announcement proves that.”
From the secretary of state’s office:
Citizens who are trying to get an issue on the ballot must submit 98,492 voter signatures. Supporters of the two measures collected more than that for each proposal, but not enough to compensate for the number of signatures that were rejected during the random sample. Initiative No. 75 would have given local governments the authority to regulate oil-and-gas development, including banning fracking. Initiative No. 78 called for a mandatory 2,500-foot setback around oil-and-gas operations.
The proponents have 30 days from today to appeal the decision to the Denver District Court.
The energy proposals were among nine citizen-initiated measures that were submitted for the November ballot. The other seven efforts were successful.
Petition signatures lines are reviewed by a separate state agency under the Department of Personnel and Administration. A 5-percent random sample must project the number of valid signatures to be greater than 110 percent of the total number of signatures required for placement on the ballot.
You can read the full announcement here.