Colorado Looks to Neuter Card Check

Many States, both red and blue, are increasingly looking for ways to avoid federal mandates that continue to flow in from Washington. Some citizens of Colorado are seeking to preempt the possibility of the Card Check legislation now working its way through Congress.

Face The State reports that Patrick Davis, a Colorado Springs political consultant and former congressional candidate Jeff Crank have founded the Colorado chapter of Save Our Secret Ballot, and are backing a Colorado State Constitutional amendment that would protect secret ballots in Colorado. The full text of the proposed amendment is as follows:

The right of individuals to vote by secret ballot is fundamental. Where state or federal law requires or permits elections or designations or authorizations of employee representation, the right of individuals to vote by secret ballot shall be guaranteed.

Organized labor is already opposing the amendment by challenging the language of the bill in the Colorado State Supreme Court. Davis doesn’t expect much of a problem, however:

This is a short common sense language. We don’t expect the court to give us much trouble.

Should the initiative language be upheld and allowed to go forward on the ballot, Coloradans will have the opportunity to continue to be protected from the union strong-arm tactics used in other states and have the freedom to choose whether or not to associate in the workplace.