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Citizen Initiative and Referendum Process

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The Longmont City Clerk's office has prepared the following for citizens' information and reference on the citizen initiative and referendum process. The initiative and referendum process is somewhat complicated and may involve unresolved questions of law and statutory interpretation concerning constitutional provisions, statutes, City Charter and ordinances. City staff cannot undertake to serve as legal advisers or representatives for any particular citizens, and cannot guarantee legal sufficiency of this information but will attempt to address process questions where appropriate. We encourage anyone embarking on this process to carefully review the pertinent legal provisions and to involve competent legal counsel.

Dawn Quintana, City Clerk
350 Kimbark St.
Longmont, CO 80501
(303) 651-8647

The instructions listed below are for initiated ordinances only. There were 50,458 registered electors in Longmont for the last regular election held in November 2015. Initiative petitions require 5,046 signatures of registered electors (10% of the total registered electors at the last Regular Municipal Election) to be sufficient for getting your initiative on a ballot.

If you are proposing a Municipal Charter amendment, the number of signatures and the requirements may be different than those listed in the material below. Please call the City Clerk for instructions specific to Charter changes.

NOTE OF CAUTION:  The materials below were pertinent as of the end of 2016.  The state legislature makes changes to the election process on a regular basis.  While the initiative process has not changed significantly, these documents may not reflect the latest election law changes The information below will provide you with statute references that contain the most up to date information and should be reviewed thoroughly and checked out with your own legal counsel. 

Citizen Initiative and Referendum Process Summary

Longmont City Charter, Article V, Initiation, Referendum and Recall

Title 31, Article 11 of the Colorado Revised Statutes - Municipal Initiatives, Referendums, and Referred Measures

Suggestions to Circulators

Sample Petition

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