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Ballot content, road closures resurrected after earlier Boulder Council dismissals as virus lingers

By Sam Lounsberry. Originally published in the Daily Camera on May 11, 2020.

"City Council already decided against adjusting ballot measure petitioning processes or closing any roads to non-resident car traffic as coronavirus responses, but those two issues have not gone away quietly in Boulder.

In fact, they’ve been resurrected, with renewed discussions on both upcoming, although from slightly different angles than originally presented to city leaders.

That is partly thanks to new public health guidance from local authorities surrounding voter signature gathering, as well as the possibility that street shutdowns may let restaurants, still limited from hosting diners indoors, take over patches of concrete for outdoor food service to weather the pandemic more easily.

Earlier during the outbreak, Council declined on a narrow 5-4 vote to amend rules for collecting endorsements from municipal electors to put potential new laws on this year’s ballot and allow the outcome of the election to determine if they take effect."

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