No Excuses: The Election Rundown: Now Go Vote!

Colorado, there’s a lot on the ballot, and as is the case for all elections: there’s a lot at stake.

You have the civil right to vote. Regardless of who or what gets in your way, voting was a hard-fought right. It harks back to the European Enlightenment (e.g. Rousseau) and is still a valuable process. Powerful interests (i.e. the Koch Brothers lobbyists, international) would change this. As has been the case ever since the franchise first left the exclusivity of the rich and powerful.

In Colorado, you can vote in-person long in advance of an election.

This article is not for you, Early Voters.

This is for those of you that still are on the fence. Hopefully, this won’t be a push in any specific direction sans a single one: toward the polls.

There are No Excuses, not to vote as theSkimm points out. If not knowing the issues is one of your reasons, well, we got your back. Here’s almost everything you need to know  before the polls close at 7 P.M. today. 

Google it: “How to Vote”

There are a lot of sites and organizations that want to help you vote. Those that do their darndest to give you an idea of your ballot and polling place, follow:

Google, Vote SmartVote.orgBallotpedia, theSkimm, Rock the Vote, Head Count, and Vote 411.

Others, strengthen your right to vote, by offering protection and support. For instance, the Election Protection of Vote.org866 Our Vote, and Common CauseStill more offer support for info. These include Democracy Works, and support for getting to the polls (i.e. Lime, Uber and Lyft, and even Carpool Vote).

In some places, you can vote by text, online, and even in an app. The point is clear: we have the technology, we can vote better, faster, stronger!

No one likes getting stumped. Few enjoy voting per a candidate or party’s stump speech. So, here’s the rundown that you likely opened this article for Coloradans:

The Down ‘n’ Dirty

Follow the elections in Colorado at The Denver Post, and nationally, at Democracy Now! and The Intercept, here. Watch the latter, here.

About the Ballot

Before you get into what is on the ballot be sure to Vote Smart on your representatives. Then, learn the ABC’s and 123’s of why those measures aren’t simply 1-12 or something. 9News breaks the info, which you can find from the Secretary of State’s website, down nicely as follows:

Constitutional amendments that are referred to us by lawmakers require two-thirds vote of the legislature to make the ballot in the first place. If they do, they are given a letter, such as “Amendment Y.” Propositions that are referred to us by lawmakers require a majority vote of the legislature and are given a double letter, such as “Proposition AA,” but we don’t have any of those in 2018.

In 2018, the statewide issues are:

  • Amendments V, U, W, X, Y, Z and A
  • Amendments 73, 74 and 75
  • Propositions 109, 110, 111 and 112

City and county issues on your ballot are numbered and lettered differently.

Ballot issues initiated by the public:

  • 200-299 County issues
  • 300-399 Municipal issues
  • 400-499 School district issues
  • 500-599 Political subdivision greater than a county
  • 600-699 Political subdivision within a county

Ballot issues referred by a governmental body:

  • 1A-1Z County issues
  • 2A-2Z Municipal issues
  • 3A-3Z School district issues
  • 4A-4Z Political subdivision greater than a county
  • 5A-5Z Political subdivision within a county

Now that you read the above, check out these statewide Amendments. Has your judgment on them changed?

Amendment 73

Amendment 112

Now check out the rest of those ballot measure, and go vote!

Find your ballots! Ballotpedia has those measures for you. The Colorado Independent also gives a good breakdown of the ballot.

Just Vote Colorado!

Here’s your link, and your protections.

If you need a ride to the polls today or in the future, visit You can also call the interactive voice response service at 1-804-424-5335

If you have any issues or concerns today or in the future with voting, visit You can also call 1-866-OUR-VOTE (1-866-687-8683).


Rice One!: Doing Good in 2018

Was your 2018 New Year’s Resolution to get smarter? Give more? Well, if you don’t feel like reading or searching for the charity for you, here’s one possible solution: FreeRice.

It’s an oldie but a goodie.

Created back in 2007, the game has donated trillions of grains of rice, from the United Nations World Food Program, and millions of users have helped accomplish this. The “100% non-profit website” accomplishes two goals: 1) it provides free education; and, 2) it strives to end world hunger one free grain of rice at a time.

I used to play it in the computer lab instead of solitaire, galaxy pinball, Runescape or Kongregate like the other kids. With several game types to choose from on FreeRice, my favorite right now is “famous paintings.” Thanks, Google Arts & Culture.

During the Aughts, there were a lot of sites that did similar things for idle, maybe even educational, gaming, to support such causes as feeding dogs, giving flour or beans.

From websites to apps, some things have changed. The top hits from the list are the following two, for donating for activity, rather than per dollar. Donate a Photo, supported by Johnson & Johnson only asks a photo! Charity Miles may make you walk a bit, but hey, cardio that gives to charity at no cost? Nice!

What I like about this

Apps that do good things are great. Altruism doesn’t need to be an uncomfortable adventure with the Peace Corps or Habitats for Humanity anymore! Now you can be your own type of superhero right from the comfort of home! Or at the gym!

That’s all pretty wonderful, but the ease of altruistic behavior and doing good isn’t entirely what keeps me excited about things like this. It’s where things like this will develop. What’s the diachronic outlook here?

Look at 2007 to 2017! Our charitable giving can start from a larger screen, playing games, answering questions and ultimately donating grains of rice at a time, to taking a selfie or a landscape photo and donating money to a variety of causes. Things look to be opening up in the direction of doing good.

People want to not only simplify their budgeting but do good with their wealth too. Even if only with spare change, they want to save easier, retire securer, and invest in their futures. I’d love nothing more than to delve into how the world around millennials is changing personal finance, but that’s for another article.

Here, I would like to conclude on an idea that I brought up in talking about Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. It came up in that post and may make a milestone moment this year: Universal Basic Income. It’s a topic that, like finance apps, will need to be further expounded elsewhere, because the concept of free money, as Finland has proven, is better than it sounds.

A Universal Basic Income sounds awesome already, but it could get even better if it were integrated with the taxing system. Not stopping there though! Transparency is a must for personal finance and all parts of civil society.

The Universal Income (UI) and taxing software would need its own platform, like an app. The UI would need a fairly simple user interface, or (also) UI. In some of our minds, we may even imagine being able to move our money, plan, save, budget, and even decide how much of it is taxed and where it goes.

That would be the kind of future where getting involved and interactive means not only making money but budgeting and saving money and learning more about civics and taxes.

There’s another upside to it also: Say you don’t want to support war. Well, you can open up your UI app and would be able to set your taxes so none of your money went towards the military budget, and instead goes to the education budget or the highway budget. That would be the day, right?

We could use more organizations like OneTreePlanted too.