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Jena Griswold

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News Release

Media contact
Lynn Bartels
lynn.bartels@sos.state.co.us
(303) 860-6903

State of Colorado
Department of State

1700 Broadway
Suite 250
Denver, CO 80290

Wayne W. Williams
Secretary of State

Suzanne Staiert
Deputy Secretary of State

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News Release

State of Colorado
Department of State

1700 Broadway
Suite 250
Denver, CO 80290

Wayne W. Williams
Secretary of State

Suzanne Staiert
Deputy Secretary of State

Media contact
Lynn Bartels
lynn.bartels@sos.state.co.us
(303) 860-6903

"Amending the constitution" makes Colorado ballot

So far, four citizen initiatives have been deemed sufficient

DENVER, August 16, 2016 -- Colorado Secretary of State Wayne Williams announced today that a proposal that would make it harder to amend the state constitution will be on the ballot this November.

Backers of the "Requirements for initiated constitutional amendments" on Aug. 5 submitted their signatures. A 5-percent random sample of the signatures projected the number of valid signatures to be greater than 110 percent of the total number of signatures required for placement on the ballot.


Petition verification summary:

Total number of qualified signatures submitted 183,691
5% of qualified signatures submitted (random sample) 9,185
Total number of entries accepted (valid) from the random sample 6,353
Total number of entries rejected (invalid) from the random sample 2,832
Number of projected valid signatures from the random sample 127,054
Total number of signatures required for placement on ballot 98,492
Projected percentage of required valid signatures 129%


Initiative No. 96 requires that any petition for a citizen-initiated constitutional amendment be signed by at least 2 percent of the registered electors in each of the 35 state Senate districts. The percentage of votes to pass any proposed constitutional amendment would be increased from a majority to at least 55 percent of the votes cast, unless the proposed amendment only repeals any provision of the constitution.

"Amending the constitution" is the fourth citizens' initiative to successfully make the ballot. The other proposals approved for the Nov. 8 election are "ColoradoCare," Minimum Wage and Medical Aid in Dying.

Five other proposals that were turned into the Secretary of State are still being tabulated, but no sufficiency results are expected this week. They are:

  • New cigarette and tobacco taxes: No. 143
  • Primary elections: No. 98
  • Presidential primary election: No. 140
  • Local government authority to regulate oil-and-gas development: No. 75
  • Mandatory setback for oil/gas development: No. 78


Also on the ballot are two measures referred by the Colorado General Assembly: Amendment T, regarding servitude, and Amendment U, regarding property taxes. In addition, the Denver Metro Scientific and Cultural Facilities Board put Ballot Issue 4B (PDF), a sales-and-use tax measure, on ballots in the following counties: Adams, Arapahoe, Broomfield, Boulder, Denver, Douglas (except Castle Rock and Larkspur) and Jefferson.

Calculation of Sufficiency (PDF)

Statement of Sufficiency (PDF)