Paid Sick Days campaign ‘outraged’ by Gessler lawsuit against Denver

Paid Sick Days campaign ‘outraged’ by Gessler lawsuit against Denver

The Campaign for a Healthy Denver said today it is “outraged” that voters most affected by a lack of paid sick days could be prevented from voting on Initiative 300, a measure to allow all Denver voters to earn sick leave.

“Denver’s inactive voters – disproportionately lower-income, Latino and African American voters – could be excluded from receiving mail-in ballots for the November 1 election if Secretary of State’s Scott Gessler’s lawsuit against Denver City Clerk Debra Johnson is successful. A recent study by the Institute for Women’s Policy Research show these are the workers least likely to have paid sick days,” said a release issued by the campaign today.

“Workers without paid sick days are the voters most likely to face barriers to voting if Secretary Gessler has his way,” said Grace López Ramírez, Mi Familia Vota Colorado State Director and spokesperson for the Campaign for a Healthy Denver. “The idea that voters with the most at stake would not have an opportunity to have their voices heard runs counter to everything we Americans believe about democracy.”

The Campaign for a Healthy Denver is not alone in its dissatisfaction with Gessler’s lawsuit, which seems to pick up new defendants and new critics by the day.

MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow dedicated a significant segment of her show to the issue earlier this week.

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Scot Kersgaard

Scot Kersgaard has been managing editor of a political newspaper, editor and co-owner of a ski town newspaper, executive editor of eight high-tech magazines (where he worked with current Apple CEO Tim Cook), deputy press secretary to a U.S. Senator, and an outdoors columnist at the Rocky Mountain News. He has an English degree from the University of Washington. He was awarded a fellowship to study internet journalism at the University of Maryland's Knight Center for Specialized Journalism. He was student body president in college. He spends his free time hiking and skiing.

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