Elections 2010 |

Denver voters reject plan to track space aliens

Thank you, AP services, for catching the strange ballot measures that make us smile. The latest election oddity that likely passed under everyone's radar: voters in Denver rejected a proposal to fund a commission to search for space aliens. By 80,000 votes.

From the AP story:

"The proposal defeated soundly Tuesday night would have established a commission to track extraterrestrials. It also would have allowed residents to post their observations on Denver's city Web page and report sightings.

Early results show Denver residents voted 106,776-20,162 against the proposal.

The Denver man who proposed the measure, Jeff Peckman, says the government is tracking alien sightings but refuses to make the reports public. Peckman is a meditation instructor and promoter of new technology, including something he says reduces the "chaos of electromagnetic fields."

Peckman contends opponents greatly inflated the commission's projected cost.

He previously proposed an unsuccessful ordinance requiring the city to offer stress-reduction measures."