By KATIE LANGFORD | klangford@prairiemountainmedia.com | Boulder Daily Camera
PUBLISHED: August 3, 2020 at 4:39 p.m. | UPDATED: August 3, 2020 at 6:55 p.m.

Organizers with the citizen-led ballot initiative Bedrooms Are For People are suing Boulder for access to the November ballot after city officials gave the campaign incorrect information about filing and signature requirements and City Council members declined to refer the measure to the ballot.

The lawsuit filed in 20th Judicial District Court today by campaign Co-Chairs Chelsea Castellano and Eric Budd asks a judge to compel city officials to certify the campaign’s petition and for City Council members to give it a title and direct it to be placed on the ballot.

The complaint also asks the court to declare the city’s effort to retroactively change deadlines and signature requirements for ballot initiatives invalid.

“This verified petition and complaint is brought to rectify the gross injustice of setting a deadline for BAFP’s ballot measure, on an issue that for years languished with the city council, and then as the deadline approached and BAFP was defying all odds during the pandemic by exceeding the signature threshold established by the city, changing the deadline to make it impossible for BAFP’s petition to make it onto the ballot,” the complaint states.

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