2021 Charter Petition Process

Two petitions to amend Greeley’s Home Rule Charter were filed with the City Clerk’s Office on Monday, August 2, 2021, at 4:45 p.m. The petitions propose the addition of two new sections to Article XVII of the City Charter relating to Water and Sewer.

The petition sections submitted were preliminarily reviewed by members of the City Clerk’s Office and determined to constitute valid petitions. This means each petition has met the minimum threshold for number of required signatures to be submitted, and the process of reviewing those signatures will now begin.

Timelines associated with proposed charter amendments are driven both by statutory provisions relating to charter procedures found in Title 31 of the Colorado Revised Statutes and timing requirements associated with the November General Election also in statute.

At a glance, significant dates affecting these petitions include:

May 4th, 2021

Statements of intent submitted by petition representatives with petition forms

 Charter Petition 1 - submitted 5-4-2021

 Charter Petition 2 - submitted 5-4-2021 

May 6th, 2021

Approval issued by City Clerk of petitions' forms

August 2, 2021

Last possible date a petition must be filed for the Nov. 2 General Election

 Petition Receipt - Charter Amendment Section 17-9

 Petition Receipt - Charter Amendment Section 17-10

August 23, 2021

Deadline for the City Clerk to complete verification of petitions in order to certify the petitions’ sufficiency or insufficiency to the City Council

September 1, 2021

Deadline for filing of a protest by any registered elector in Greeley

September 1, 2021

Deadline for publishing a notice of election with the full text of the proposed amendments if petitions are found sufficient

September 3, 2021

Deadline for the City Clerk to certify ballot content to Weld County

November 2, 2021

 

Municipal General Election


The statements of intent for the two Charter petitions were filed by the petition representatives on May 4, 2021. As of that date, Greeley had 62,019 registered voters. That means each petition must include at least 3,101 signatures to reach the 5% threshold for a valid petition.

The petitions were filed in a timely manner and the total number of signatures submitted, prior to any review of their validity, does meet the required threshold to constitute a valid petition for each petition submitted. Petition 1 for Section 17-9 contains 4,282 unverified signatures, while Petition 2 for Section 17-10 contains 4,237 unverified signatures.

Next Steps

With the submission of the petitions, time clocks start for two processes:

  1. 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.
  2. 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.

Protest Provisions

Colorado Revised Statutes include provisions allowing any registered voter to file a protest regarding a petition. As noted above, the timeline for filing such a protest begins at the point a petition is filed.

A protest must be filed in writing and under oath with the City Clerk by any registered voter in Greeley. It must be filed within 30 calendar days of when the petition is filed. The deadline for a protest of the petition filed August 2, 2021, is September 1, 2021.

A written protest must set forth the specific grounds for the protest, including identifying by section and line number any signature being challenged.

In order to ensure Greeley voters are able to exercise this right to protest, petition sections will be scanned as reviewed each day along with a log documenting the results of the review and made available on the City website.  

Election Procedures

If one or both petitions are found sufficient, the sufficient petition(s) will be placed on the ballot as questions for Greeley voters to vote on. A question passes if it receives the affirmative vote of the majority of those electors voting on that question, and the proposed section(s) would become part of the City Charter.

Charter Petition Sections and Petition Log

Each section of the two submitted petitions has been scanned prior to the beginning of the verification process. Those scans are being made available on this website for public access and transparency throughout the verification.

Once a section has been verified and double checked, the logs of that check will also be posted as time allows. Please be mindful no logs constitute official results until the full process is complete and certified to the City Council.  

Scanned petition sections and logs as available can be found at Charter Petition Sections and Logs (greeleygov.com)

 

Petition Section Lists

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