Boulder County health officials ‘strongly encourage’ alternative to in-person petitioning
By Shay Castle. Originally published in the Boulder Beat on May 8, 2020.
"Boulder County’s health department has advised against in-person petitioning efforts underway in Boulder, adding their concerns to those of law enforcement. Despite the guidance, circulators say they intend to keep collecting signatures since it remains the only path to November’s ballot.
That may change. Two council members this week asked that the issue be addressed again following the release of health guidance, which circulators, the media and elected officials have been requesting for weeks.
Petitioning has already been debated — twice. Council members couldn’t agree to place measures on the ballot through a majority vote, and security concerns sunk support for online signature gathering. With no other options and a June 5 deadline looming, petition organizers cautiously began soliciting support."