2015 Town Charter Election

November election asks voters about changes to Town Charter
The final steps to call a special election to consider potential updates to the Town Charter were made at Town Council’s Aug. 18 meeting.

The special election will coordinate with Douglas County and is scheduled for Nov. 3.

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Several proposed changes will be on the ballot:
  • Changing the Town’s elections from April to November, starting in 2016
  • Publishing public notices online instead of in the local newspaper
  • Changing the window of time in which referendum or initiative petitioners challenging or proposing a Town ordinance can withdraw a petition
  • Creating a legal process for voters to withdraw their name from a petition before it is filed with the Town Clerk
  • Increasing the percentage of signatures required for a referendum to 10 percent 
  • Increasing the percentage of signatures required for an initiative to 15 percent
The formal questions are below. Ballots will be mailed out by Douglas County in mid-October. Voters should return their ballots by mail, or to one of two locations: Town Hall (100 N. Wilcox St.) or Douglas County Elections (125 Stephanie Place).

November special election questions
Shall the Town of Castle Rock Home Rule Charter be amended to: (i) change the date of regular municipal elections to the general election date in November of even-numbered years beginning in 2016; (ii) conduct such elections as coordinated elections with Douglas County under the Uniform Election Code of 1992; and (iii) adopt a transition plan on Town Council terms to implement such change in election date, by revising Sections 2-3, 4-1, 4-2, 4-3, and Article XVII of the Town of Castle Rock Home Rule Charter, as provided in Ordinance No. 2015-30?

Shall Section 7-3 of the Town Home Rule Charter be amended to require the posting of public notices of ordinances on the Town of Castle Rock website rather than publication in a newspaper, as provided in Ordinance No. 2015-31?

Shall Section 15-2(b) of the Town of Castle Rock Home Rule Charter be amended to increase the percentage of registered voter signatures required on a referendum petition from five percent to ten percent, as provided in Ordinance No. 2015-32?

Shall Section 15-1(b) of the Town of Castle Rock Home Rule Charter be amended to increase the percentage of registered voter signatures required on an initiative petition from ten percent to fifteen percent, as provided in Ordinance No. 2015-33?

Shall Section 15-6 of the Town of Castle Rock Home Rule Charter be amended to change the timeframe in which an initiative or referendum petition can be withdrawn to not later than 12:00 PM on the date the Town Council is to consider the subject petition, as provided in Ordinance No. 2015-34?

Shall Sections 15-1 and 15-2 of the Town of Castle Rock Home Rule Charter be amended to authorize the withdrawal of a signature by a registered elector on an initiative or referendum petition on or before the date of filing of such petition, as provided in Ordinance No. 2015-35?

Election Blue Book
The Town has distributed a Blue Book to registered voters in Castle Rock. Download a copy