FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
September 18, 2018
CONTACT: Alan Philp
Amendment 73 Accused of Factually Inaccurate Ballot Title
Letter Urges Secretary of State to Take Immediate Corrective Legal Action
Campaign Co-Chair Dave Davia: “Amendment 73 is based on a deceptive campaign and it starts with the ballot title.”
(DENVER, CO) – “Blank Check, Blatant Deception, Vote No on 73,” a group organized to oppose Amendment 73, a $1.6 billion per year tax hike that commits taxpayers to a blank check for education, today sent a letter to Secretary of State Wayne Williams urging him to take corrective action to fix a false and misleading ballot title.
According to Blank Check, Blatant Deception, Vote No on 73’s attorney, Jon Anderson:
“Amendment #73’s ballot title contains material misstatements of fact that render the ballot title invalid under established legal precedent. These are not marginal errors but are material misstatements of numerical figures. Specifically, the two most significant errors in the ballot title are: 1) the ballot title states that the corporate income tax rate increases 1.37% when it is actually a 29.59% increase; and 2) the ballot title states that the greatest income tax rate increases 3.63% when it is actually a 78.19% increase.
These are massive numerical errors that would materially misinform voters and affect how they cast their votes on this measure. Under established Colorado legal precedent, Amendment #73’s title cannot be voted upon containing these material misstatements.”
Anderson’s letter goes on to point out that the Colorado Supreme Court “has also made clear that a court should resolve these matters before an election even if the statutory ballot title challenge process has expired.” A copy of the letter is attached.
“Amendment 73 is based on a deceptive campaign and it starts with the ballot title. The State of Colorado has a responsibility to ensure that ballot titles accurately summarize the initiatives to which they apply. Amendment 73’s title doesn’t even come close. This is not a case of interpretation. 73’s title is plainly false,” said Campaign Co-Chair, Dave Davia, Executive Vice President and CEO of the Colorado Association of Mechanical and Plumbing Contractors.
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