The purpose of the ballot information booklet is to provide voters with the text, title, and a fair and impartial analysis of each initiated or referred constitutional amendment, law, or question on the ballot. The analysis must include a summary of the measure, the major arguments both for and against the measure, and a brief fiscal assessment of the measure. The analysis may also include any other information that will help voters understand the purpose and effect of a measure.
Note: The 2016 Blue Book is the most recent blue book published by the Legislative Council Staff.
* Pursuant to Section 203 of the federal Voting Rights Act, Legislative Council Staff translates election information into languages other than English when the number of United States citizens of voting age in a single language group within the county:
- is more than 10,000; or
- is more than five percent of all voting age citizens; or
- on an Indian reservation, exceeds five percent of all reservation residents; and
- the illiteracy rate of the group is higher than the national illiteracy rate.
Legislative Council Staff follows the determination of the U.S. Department of Justice as to which counties are subject to this requirement. In 2016, these counties are Costilla, Denver, and Rio Grande.