Crowded ballot this year

Voters across Colorado face a crowded and complex ballot this year. Some of this is the result of the strong value of “direct democracy” embedded in the state Constitution, which makes it relatively easy to place constitutional amendments or changes to state law (called “propositions”) on the ballot and to let the people vote on the changes directly.

So, when you are wondering why there is a half-page of legal-ese on your ballot about health care, the minimum-wage, tobacco taxes and medically assisted suicide — you can thank the concept of direct democracy.

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