Amendment 71 - 2016


Dec 23, 2000
There has been some mention of Amendment 71 on the forum in the last month or so, and I thought I'd provide the most recent update. As you remember, A71 changed the process for getting constitutional amendments on the ballot in the state, by requiring signatures from at least 2% of registered voters from each of Colorado's 35 Senate districts, as well as signatures equal to 5% of the total votes cast in the most recent secretary of state election. It also required a 55% super majority to pass any constitutional amendment via ballot measure.

On February 14 a federal judge ruled that the portion of the amendment requiring signatures from all 35 Senate districts violates the 14th Amendment of the U.S. Constitution, because all signatures would not be weighed equally. If proponents of a ballot measure could not gather signatures from at least 2% of the registered voters in one Senate district, it would prevent the measure from appearing on the ballot, even if it had broad support from the other 34 districts. Article