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Mike Johnston on Government Reform

 

 


No PAC money when running as state senator or as governor

Q: Some commentators characterize you as being part of the left-leaning, most progressive part of the Democratic Party, with references to Bernie Sanders. Are you comfortable with those characterizations?

A: There are commitments that Bernie and I share and things I really respect about what he's done. I didn't take any PAC money when running as a state senator, and I won't when running for governor. We're having a deep focus on community organizing and really lifting up the voices of ordinary people to regain their government. I think that commitment to community organizing to give people a voice in government and not just a vote--I really share the belief that we need to make post-secondary education accessible and affordable. So I think those are the things people have picked out as commonalities, and I'm certainly excited about those. I [also] think there are also a lot of ways I've built bridges with Republican leaders and business leaders that I'm proud of.

Source: Westword interview on 2018 Colorado Gubernatorial race , Jan 25, 2017

Mail-in voting for all elections

BillTrack50.com Legislative Summary: Mike Johnston co-sponsored HB 1131: Mail Ballot Elections

The bill requires all general, primary, odd-year, recall, and congressional vacancy elections to be conducted as mail ballot elections. A mail ballot election is an election for which eligible electors receive a ballot by mail and may cast the ballot by mail or may cast a ballot in person at a service center. Service centers will be open during the 8 days prior to election day and on election day. At a service center, voters may return a voted mail ballot or surrender a mail ballot and cast a vote in person in a voting booth.

Mail ballots will be mailed between 22 and 18 days before the election to each active registered voter, including those whose registration record has been marked "Inactive--failed to vote."; except that, for primary elections, ballots will only be mailed to party-affiliated voters.

Legislative Outcome: Bill died in House Committee

Source: BillTrack50 on Colorado legislative voting records: HB 1131 , Feb 10, 2011

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