Citizen Actions

Initiatives, referendums and recalls
Section XV of the Town Charter provides information regarding citizen initiatives, referendums, and recall elections.

Initiatives
Registered electors have the right to initiate a process for adoption of any type of ordinance, including legislative and administrative ordinances.

An initiative petition containing the proposed ordinance must be signed by registered electors of the Town equal in number to at least 10 percent of the total number of electors of the Town registered on the date the form of the petition is approved by the Town Clerk. A valid petition with the requisite number of signatures requires either that the Town Council adopt the ordinance or that an election on adoption of the ordinance be held.

More specific information regarding the form of the Petition (required elements, etc.) and the timelines associated with an initiative can be found in the Colorado Revised Statutes, Section 31-11-101 through 111.

Referendums
Citizens displeased with the Town Council adoption of an ordinance have the right to pursue a referendum (challenge) to the ordinance, except for any ordinance which is necessary for the immediate preservation of the public peace, health or safety which is adopted on an emergency basis.

A referendum is time sensitive, in that the period within which the referendum petition with the required signatures must be submitted to the Town Clerk is limited to the 30 days after adoption of an ordinance.

A referendum petition shall be signed by registered electors of the Town equal in number to at least 10 percent of the total number of electors of the Town registered on the date the form of the petition is approved by the Town Clerk. A valid petition with the requisite number of signatures will suspend the ordinance from becoming effective until it has either been repealed by the Town Council or is submitted to the voters at an election for approval or rejection.
 
More specific information regarding the form of the petition (required elements, etc.) and the timelines associated with a referendum can be found in the Colorado Revised Statutes, Section 31-11-101 through 111.

Recalls
Any Councilmember may be recalled at any time after six months in office.

A recall petition shall be signed by registered electors of the district from which the incumbent sought to be recalled was elected.

The signers shall number at least 25 percent of the entire vote cast at the last preceding election for all candidates for the office which the incumbent sought to be recalled occupies.

The "last preceding election" shall be the last preceding election at which the person sought to be recalled was elected to office, unless the person sought to be recalled was appointed to fill a vacancy, or was appointed due to cancellation of the last preceding election in the district; in which event it shall be the last preceding election at which the person who created the vacancy was elected to office, or the last election at which the incumbent was elected. 

A successful recall petition then prompts an election.
 
Resulting election
After one recall petition and election, no further petition shall be filed against the same person during the term for which such person was elected or appointed, unless the signers number at least 50 percent of the votes cast at the last preceding election for all candidates for the office held by such person. The number to be determined in the manner described above.

More specific information regarding the form of the petition (required elements etc.) and the timelines associated with a recall can be found in the Colorado Revised Statutes, Section 31-4-501 through 507