Reality Check: Amendment 71

This November, Colorado voters will decide 10 statewide ballot measures.

More than half of them involve changes to our state constitution, including a measure that would make it harder to change the constitution in the future.

Colorado’s constitution has more than 150 amendments, some of them conflicting and even unconstitutional now.

The U.S. constitution has just 27 amendments.

Proponents of Amendment 71 say it’s time to raise the bar when it comes to how difficult it is to amend the Colorado constitution.

Watch CBS4 Political Specialist Shaun Boyd’s Reality Check.

Shaun Boyd’s sources for this Reality Check are as follows:

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One Comment

  1. Elmer Jones says:

    Amendment 71 should be called the Orwellian amendment. It has been over 50 years since I read the “Animal Farm” by George Orwell but I still remember the message that
    it delivered. A governing body (the pigs in Animal Farm) can make big changes by making little incremental changes over time that the populous (the rest of the farm animals) never takes notice. Amendment 71 puts greater restrictions on the power of the people (voters) by making it almost impossible to make changes to the State constitution. Right now an amendment can be put to the ballot by gathering 5 percent of the voting population signatures of the state. This amendment would make it necessary to have two (2) percent gathered from each of the 35 districts and would require a 55 percent majority to pass.
    On the surface this sounds great. Two percent over the population distribution of the state appears to be fairer. In practicality, it makes it a very expensive endeavor to bring an amendment directly to the voters. Proponents of an amendment would have to arrange financially to gather 2 percent from each of the 35 districts of the state. Right now if someone or group from a either low or high populated district wanted to propose an amendment to the state constitution they would most likely just set up the petition signature gatherers in Denver and/or the larger cities.
    One can’t say that the past petition initiatives have only arisen from individuals of the highly populated areas. Think of how difficult it would be to have the logistics and arrangements made to collect 2 percent of signatures from 35 districts. I regard amendment 71 as restricting the rights of voters. Something we don’t need when
    we the voters can be confronted with government influenced by the lobbyists and special interest groups. Please vote no on Amendment 71.

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