Possible Confusion Over El Paso County Ballot Questions

By: KKTV News Email
By: KKTV News Email
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When you vote on some of the El Paso county ballot questions, be sure you know what you're voting for.

There are three questions on term limits for the 4th District Attorney, County Commissioners, and some other county offices.

One viewer contacted 11 News Monday about possible confusion because of the way the questions are worded on the ballot.

The three questions, 1A, 1B, and 1C ask if people in those offices should, "...be limited to serving three consecutive terms, a modification of the current limits," but they don't say that those current limits are two terms.

Sherri Brunzell had asked some of her friends who'd voted early about what they really wanted to do when they voted for the issues, and says "I explained to them that by voting to limit the terms they were actually extending terms, and that upset them. They felt like they'd been misled."

If you do want to let county commissioners and the others to stay in office longer, vote yes. If you don't want the limits to change, vote no.

El Paso County Clerk and Recorder Bob Balink says information about these questions were not provided in the county election mailer that went out to residents because, by law, the only issues to be described in that mailer, are questions that would raise taxes. That rule was put in place by the State Taxpayer's Bill of Rights (or TABOR).

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