Process for Writing the Ballot Information Booklet
Article V, Section 1 (7.5), Colorado Constitution, and Section 1-40-124.5, Colorado Revised Statutes, require the Legislative Council Staff to prepare a ballot information booklet prior to each election in which a statewide issue appears on the ballot. The booklet's purpose 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 measure's purpose and effect. Any person may file written comments for Legislative Council Staff to consider during the preparation of an analysis. The staff considers all comments and/or proposed amendments submitted on or before the established deadlines, but uses its discretion when incorporating changes to an analysis.