Mid-Term Elections Matter

Facilitators:      Nancy Crow, 703-489-9303, nancyccrow@comcast.net Bill Fennone, 970-308-8849, billfennone@yahoo.com, 
Dates:               Wednesdays, Sept. 12 - Oct. 31, 2018
Time:                9:30 AM - 11:30 AM
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Voter turnout in US elections is low compared to other democracies even in years with a presidential election. Turnout in mid-term elections is even lower. However, mid-term elections are important to maintaining a healthy democracy and perhaps even vital this year. A genius concept of the US Constitution is the balance of power among the three branches of government. Can this balance of power function in a polarized political climate where one party controls all three branches?

There are currently trifectas (where one political party holds the governorship and a majority in both the senate and the house in a state's government) in 34 of the 50 states – 26 Republican and 8 Democrat. Colorado is one of sixteen states with mixed party control. Colorado’s congressional delegation is made up of 4 Republicans and 3 Democrats, we have one Senator from each party, our Governor is a centralist Democrat, the State Senate has an 18 – 16 Republican majority, and the State House has 36 – 29 Democratic majority. Will this balance tip in the mid-term elections?

In addition to electing governmental officials, there will be a number of ballot issues – at the time of this writing at least three will be constitutional amendments. What are the pros and cons for each of these?

Join us and share your answers to these crucial questions.