There was no vote but, according to a March 17 article in the Daily Camera, the Boulder County commissioners instructed county staff to draft a plan to begin phasing out genetically modified organisms (GMO) on county-owned farmed land.
On relatively small parcels of agricultural land with respect to the rest of the state, it is a big deal; some people have labored for years to see this decision come to pass and those laborious years came down to one day: Feburary 29th.
There were no voting booths setup to tally the choices of county residents on Leap Day, but there was an open forum held in Longmont in a nondescript ballroom where residents had an opportunity to share their feelings with the commissioners who sat behind a long desk off to the side at the front of the room.
I imagine that subsequent guests of that room may notice a well-worn path down one strip of the carpet because on that day there was an unending line of people walking up to the podium to speak their minds.
I did. And afterward I walked to my car feeling as though I somehow contributed to the lifeblood of democracy; that it's up to each one of us to keep it alive. That the side of the debate I was on won also feels like justice was served; there still remains too many unknowns about GMOs to forge ahead without pause.
There were no voting booths to tally checkmarks on 2.29.16 but it felt as though the majority of Boulder County residents wanted a pause from GMOs and, rightfully, they were awarded one. Fresh water to sow new seeds.