2.52.140 Requirements of petitions-Referendum
A. At the top of each page, including signature pages, of every referendum petition section circulated within this city relating to a municipal ordinance shall be printed the following:
IT IS AGAINST THE LAW:
For anyone to sign any referendum petition with any name other than his or her own or to knowingly sign his or her name more than once for the same measure or to knowingly sign such a petition when not a registered elector who is eligible to vote on the measure.
DO NOT SIGN THIS PETITION UNLESS YOU ARE A
AND ELIGIBLE TO VOTE ON THIS MEASURE
TO BE A REGISTERED ELECTOR,
YOU MUST BE A CITIZEN OF COLORADO
AND REGISTERED TO VOTE IN THE
CITY OF LAKEWOOD
Do not sign this petition unless you have read or have had read to you the proposed referred measure in its entirety and understand its meaning.
B. The title shall be printed on each page following the warning required in subsection (A) of this section.
C. Any referendum petition circulated within the city shall be signed only by registered electors by his or her own signature, after which the signer shall print his or her name, the address at which he or she resides, including street number and name, city, and the date of signing. Each registered elector signing a petition shall be encouraged by the circulator of the petition to sign the petition in black ink. In the event a registered elector is physically disabled or is illiterate and wishes to sign such petition, such elector shall sign or make his or her mark in the space so provided. Any person, but not a circulator, may assist the disabled or illiterate elector in completing the remaining information required in this subsection. The person providing assistance shall sign his or her name and address and shall state that such assistance was rendered to the disabled or illiterate elector.
D. To each such petition shall be attached a signed, notarized affidavit of the circulator, stating his or her name, address, the date the affidavit was signed, that he or she circulated the petition, that each signature thereon was affixed in his or her presence, that each signature thereon is the signature of the person whose name it purports to be, that to the best knowledge and belief of the affiant each of the persons signing the petition was at the time of signing a registered elector of the city, and that he or she has not paid or will not in the future pay, and that he or she believes that no other person has so paid or will pay, directly or indirectly, any money or other thing of value to any signer for the purpose of inducing or causing such signer to affix his or her signature to such petition. Each circulator and representative of the petition signers shall sign an agreement in which each agrees to submit to the subpoena authority of the City Clerk. The City Clerk shall not accept for filing any petition which does not have attached thereto an affidavit meeting the requirements of this section and the agreement submitting to the subpoena authority of the City Clerk. Any signature added to a section of a petition after the said affidavit has been executed shall be invalid.
E. All referendum petitions shall include a complete copy of the ordinance which is the subject of the petition. Each petition shall designate by name and address two persons who shall represent the signers thereof in all matters affecting the same, and who shall be registered electors of the city. All such petitions shall be prenumbered serially, and the circulation of any petition described in this chapter by any medium other than personally by a circulator is prohibited. Any petition which fails to conform to the requirements of this chapter or is circulated in a manner other than that permitted in this section shall be invalid.
F. Any disassembly of a section of the petition which has the effect of separating the affidavits from the signatures shall render that section of the petition invalid and of no force and effect.
G. The circulation of any petition section other than personally by a circulator is prohibited. No section of a petition for any referendum measure shall be circulated by any person who is not at least eighteen years of age at the time the section is circulated.
H. As soon as possible, but prior to filing a referendum petition, the circulators shall file with the City Clerk a notice of intent to file a referendum petition.(Ord. O-2004-21 § 7, 2004; Ord. O-94-3 § 1 (part), 1994).