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Backers of Initiative 120 given additional time to gather needed signatures

05/01/2020 | Comments

COLORADO SPRINGS. Supporters of Initiative 120, a ballot initiative that would prohibit abortion after 22 weeks in Colorado, have been granted a court order that extends the deadline for collecting the additional signatures needed to place it on the November ballot. Just over 114,000 valid signatures were collected between October and March — meaning that roughly 10,000 additional signatures are needed to get the initiative on the ballot for the upcoming general election. A “cure” period of 15 days for gathering more signatures was set to begin April 27. Due to the Stay at Home order issued by Goveror Jared Polis, however, supporters asked the court to rule that the cure period should be delayed until at least May 15. “This is good news for us, as we can better organize our circulators to gather additional signatures, and we have a better chance of getting those signatures when citizens are moving about more freely,” said Julie Bailey, director of the Respect Life Apostolate for the Diocese of Colorado Springs. “Our plan is to set up signature collection points around the city, advertise those locations, and staff them with trained circulators.”

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