Boulder City Council should elevate democracy in the face of COVID-19
Updated: Jul 2, 2020
By Quentin Young. Editorial originally published in the Daily Camera on April 25, 2020.
"Toward the end of a Boulder City Council videoconference meeting Tuesday, members took up the question of whether to temporarily allow electronic signatures on petitions for local ballot initiatives. This is an urgent matter, because four local measures so far have been proposed for the November ballot, but the coronavirus pandemic has rendered the current system of in-person, on-paper signature gathering potentially deadly.
Council members during their April 14 meeting recognized how the pandemic would hinder signature gathering by paper and directed staff to return with an electronic petition signing ordinance they could adopt on an emergency basis.
Staff did just that on Tuesday. But a divided council balked, and some of the justifications the opposition voiced do not stand up to scrutiny."