Ballot issues to be debated Wednesday |

Ballot issues to be debated Wednesday

SUMMIT COUNTY – The local community group CASAS is sponsoring an issues forum and debate 6-8:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Summit County Community and Senior Center just south of Frisco.The event will cover all the issues on the Nov. 2 ballot including the initiatives and referendums.There will be speakers from all the statewide campaigns to explain the ballot questions and debate for them and against them.Audience members will be allowed to ask questions.This will be the only forum in Summit County covering the initiatives on the upcoming ballot.Summit Daily News editor Jim Pokrandt will be moderating.CASAS stands for Community Action for Sustainable and Affordable Solutions and is a local nonprofit group in Summit County that was just founded a year ago. More information on joining CASAS will be available at the event.Confirmed speakers will address:– Amendment 34 which would increase the consumer right to sue for shoddy construction;– Amendment 35 which would increase the tobacco tax from 20 cents to 80 cents a pack;– Amendment 36 which would end the system of winner take all for Colorado’s Electoral College votes and apportion them according to the popular vote;– Amendment 37 which would require utilities to purchase renewable energy resources beginning in 2007;– Referendum A which proposes changes to the state personnel system; and– Referendum B which deals with obsolete provisions of the state Constitution.– The Summit School District financial questions, 3A, the special mill levy, and 3B, the bond issue.At 8:30 p.m., the experts will go to “issues tables” where people can continue to learn about the ballot questions.CASAS also will have a voter registration table. Those wanting to register should bring their driver’s license or Department of Revenue identification card.For information, call Andy Held at (970) 333-1972 or Doug Malkan at (970) 389-6320. – Daily News staff report

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