With the submission of the petitions, time clocks start for two processes:
- Pursuant to CRS §31-2-220 (4), the Clerk shall inspect the petitions and attached affidavits to ensure compliance with the statute, including examining the information on signature lines for patent defects. Under the provisions of CRS §31-2-210
(3), the Clerk must certify to the Council as the validity and sufficiency of each petition within 15 working days. That deadline is Monday, August 23, 2021.
- CRS §31-2-223 outlines provisions allowing the submission of a protest in writing under oath to be filed with the Clerk by any registered voter in the City, setting forth the specific grounds for protest and specific names protested. Protests
must be filed within 30 calendar days after the petitions are filed, which will be Wednesday, September 1, 2021.
Staff in the City Clerk’s Office will begin the review of all petition sections on Tuesday, August 3. Provisions have been designed to ensure that all petition materials are fully secure, kept in locked cabinets within secured space. In further
compliance with best practices for such matters, petition sections will be under the direct control of the Clerk or the Clerk’s direct designee at all times, and when handled for review, will follow strict chain of custody procedures, starting
at the point of their receipt on August 2, including ensuring redundancy for security and verification of all work performed.
Once this review is completed, the Clerk will issue a certification to the City Council of the petitions’ sufficiency or insufficiency. Due to the timelines associated with the November General Election, if the either or both petitions are found
insufficient, there is not a window to file an amended petition and action on a potential charter amendment would end at that time.
If either or both petitions are certified as sufficient, the City Council must set a ballot title for the petition(s) at its next meeting. It is likely a special meeting will need to be called for this purpose because of the deadline to certify ballot
content for the November 2, 2021, General Election. A notice of election must be published for any sufficient petitions within 30 days of its filing, so by September 1, 2021. This notice must contain the full text of the amendment as contained in the petition.