Michael Fields and Lindsey Singer

Michael Fields and Lindsey Singer of Colorado Rising State Action pose with the more than 196,000 petitions they turned in Thursday to get Initiative 295 on the November ballot on Thursday, July 30, 2020.

The group Vote on Fees submitted more than 196,000 petition signatures Thursday morning to get Initiative 295 on the November ballot.

Signatures for Initiative 306, called the Real Fair Tax, were delivered to the Secretary of State's Office for verification Thursday morning. The proposal would ask voters to reduce the state income tax rate from 4.63% to 4.55%.

Supporters need 124,632 signatures from registered voters to qualify for the ballot, but campaigns have to get an excess to account for double signatures, fake names and people who aren't registered to vote in Colorado.

The deadline to qualify for the November ballot is Aug. 3.

“Getting this many signatures during a pandemic shows how much enthusiasm there is for this ballot issue," Michael Fields, a Vote on Fees sponsor and executive director of Colorado Rising State Action, said in a statement Wednesday afternoon. "Just like with taxes, Coloradans should be able to vote on big fees too.”

After turning in the ballots Thursday morning, Fields added, “Coloradans are sick of the Legislature using massive fees to get around a vote of the people, and the excitement around the “Vote on Fees” initiative is proof of that.”

This story was updated Thursday morning, after the ballot petitions were submitted.

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