In November of 2010, If You
Voted to Limit Terms,
You Actually Extended the Term Limits from
Existing Two Terms to Three Terms.
Do You Feel the Wording Was Misleading?
Many voters have expressed concern that they intended to limit terms – not extend them.
THE COMMISSIONERS ARE CONTINUING TO DISCUSS THIS ISSUE
Take Action Now – By Attending
The Commissioners have put term limits
for county commissioners on
the ballot for 2012,
now they want to "grandfather in" the previously sitting board (those prior to 2010 election)
Regular El Paso County Commissioners meeting on
July 28 AND
August 4– 9:00 am
WHERE: Commissioners Hearing Room 3rd Floor
County Office Building
27 East Vermijo
(see map below)
While a majority of county commissioners have said they believe the language was misleading, three commissioners – Sallie Clark, Amy Lathen and Dennis Hisey – have not committed to supporting clear ballot language on the term limits issue. Commissioners Peggy Littleton and Darryl Glenn have already agreed to support a new, clear proposal on the ballot.
Commissioner Dennis Hisey
has stated on several occasions he wanted to have public meetings to hear
feedback from the voters in order to make a decision on creating a
Ballot Initiative (only County Commissioners can do this).
One more County Commissioner must join with Commissioners Glenn and Littleton in order to remand this situation back to its proper status. At this time they are only addressing the office of commissioner.
ADDITIONALLY, YOU CAN SEND THEM AN E-MAIL EXPRESSING YOUR VIEWS ON TERM LIMITS –
AND THE WORDING ON THE BALLOT ISSUES –
CLICK HERE TO SEND THE COMMISSIONERS AN E-MAIL
Because public confidence in our county commissioners is so important, the only
way to truly ensure continued confidence is for the El Paso County Commissioners
to place new term limit questions on the election ballot
which clearly state the choice to voters - either two or three terms in office.
Citizens are Needed to Show Up to Voice Their Thoughts on
Ballot Wording & Term Limits
The links below are all published articles, print & online, both local and national written about the EPC Term Limits Ballot Issue.
Listen - Listen - click on link AFP - CO - El Paso Co - P1 - 0622.wav click on link - Listen - Listen
NATIONAL UPDATE - JUNE 25,
|http://www.lawweekonline.com/?s=term+limits+controversy&x=26&y=8 LAW WEEK COLO. 11/14/10 EPC Term Limits Controversy|
"Crime does pay in El Paso County"
| "....example of
political cunning embedded in the ballot itself, thanks to the El Paso
County Attorney's Office..."
"...Accordingly," Louis continues,"my office considered examples from other counties that had been successful and we incorporated those into the 2010
question. I can't think of any reason to write a referred measure unless you want it to be successful. Otherwise it is just taking up space on a ballot."
"El Paso County Voters Wake Up To Term Limits Swindle" & "New EP
Commissioner Won't Let Term Limit Trick Stand"
http://pblumel.blogspot.com/search/label/El Paso County
"...taxpayer-funded retirement accounts..."
Representative Marsha Looper
| Getting National
|Other Gazette Term Limits Articles|
| Sallie Clark
asks County Attorney to explore all options, including commissioner
reconsideration of the ballot issues & "I've heard from a lot of folks
who want to know what the options are," she said, "and I think we need to look at all the remedies that exist as it relates to the
clarity of the ballot issue. It's
evident that not everyone understood the question." Nov
for one, isn't leaning toward allowing a term-limit re-vote in
November, saying, "I do believe voters have
spoken on the issue. We need to respect that vote." May 19, 2011
(6 months later!)
State Senator Letter
State Representative Letter