No on Amendment 76

NO on AMENDMENT 76: Changing the Colorado constitution from “every citizen” can vote to “only a citizen” can vote.

Summary of Amendment 76: This initiative would amend Section 1 of Article VIII of the Colorado Constitution to state that only citizens of the United States can vote in federal, state, and local elections. The Colorado Constitution currently says, “Every citizen of the United States who has attained the age of eighteen years, has resided in this state for such a time as may be prescribed by law, and has been duly registered as a voter if required by law shall be qualified to vote at all elections.” Under the ballot measure, the Colorado Constitution would say, “Only a citizen of the United States….” Current Colorado law requires U.S. citizenship to register to vote.[1]

Recommendation Rationale: This initiative is a racist dog whistle intended to increase turnout among anti-immigrant, racist voters. It also targets communities in Boulder County seeking to enfranchise undocumented residents in local elections and would strip from municipalities the right to expand suffrage in municipal elections.