Denver Green Lights UFO Ballot Initiative for November Election
This November, voters in Denver will decide whether to create a seven-member Extraterrestrial Affairs Commission “to help ensure the health, safety, and cultural awareness of Denver residents and visitors in relation to potential encounters or interactions with extraterrestrial intelligent beings or their vehicles.”
First reviewed by Denver City Council in April 2009, the E.T. ballot initiative is the work of Jeff Peckman’s EXTRA campaign. The campaign’s web site explains the need for a Commission in terms familiar to students of the UFO disclosure movement:
“If our Federal Government continually refuses to openly and honestly deal with this matter … we need to handle it at a more accessible and accountable level of government. We need grassroots efforts to restore our faith and trust in our systems.”
After his ballot petition was deemed insufficient by the Denver Elections Division in September 2009, Peckman resubmitted it in November 2009 and the petition was approved. Initially scheduled to be included in the August 10, 2010 primary election ballot, Peckman’s initiative now will be voted on November 2, 2010.
Peckman arrived on the national stage in 2008, making appearances on David Letterman’s show and elsewhere, after he held a press conference during which he claimed to have in his possession an amateur video of an extraterrestrial standing at a Nebraska man’s window.
According to Peckman, the Extraterrestrial Affairs Commission will be funded with gifts and grants. No public money will be used. Approximately 4,000 signatures had to be collected and verified for the ballot initiative to be accepted by the Elections Division. Peckman says he collected more than twice that number.
Peckman’s efforts are part of a broader movement advocating disclosure of information about the extraterrestrial presence that many believe is being suppressed by what former president Eisenhower referred to as the “military industrial complex.” If established, the Commission will serve as a governmental platform that disclosure advocates can use to demand release of that information.
In an open letter to President Obama written earlier this year, Peckman pointed out that “public opinion polls conducted for the last 10-20 years have shown that a large majority of those polled believe that we are not alone in the universe.”
This November, we’ll find out if a simple majority of Denver voters believe that the Mile High City should become the first city in the United States to form a government commission devoted to the study and dissemination of information related to the extraterrestrial hypothesis.