Why You Should Vote Yes for Amendment 71, to Raise the Bar on Amendments

Editor’s note: As part of our continuing election coverage, we’re taking a closer look at amendments and propositions that will be on the Colorado ballot in November. Today we examine Amendment 71 by way of an interview with a spokeswoman for the campaign.Tomorrow we’ll highlight a Q&A with a representative of the opposition.

Amendment 71, known as Raise the Bar, proposes to make it more difficult for constitutional amendments to reach the Colorado ballot by requiring that signatures be collected from 2 percent of all registered voters in each of Colorado’s 35 state senate districts, as opposed to an overall number. Additionally, amendments would no longer be approved by a simple majority; they’d have to notch 55 percent support to win passage.

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Raise the bar: ‘Yes’ to making it more difficult to amend Colorado’s Constitution

October 11, 2016 – The Durango Herald

Amendment 71 will not limit Coloradans’ freedom of expression or their right to govern themselves. It will encourage them to do so, however, in a more responsible manner. The state’s Constitution is not the place for routine legislation or pet schemes.

Amendment 71 would require proposed constitutional amendments to be signed by 2 percent of the people in each state Senate district and to garner a supermajority of 55 percent of the vote. Amendments to repeal all or part of an existing amendment would be exempt from the 55 percent rule.

Requirements for proposed statutory changes would not change from current law. They would thus become easier to enact relative to constitutional amendments. That is the point – not to stifle citizen input, but to channel it in a healthier direction.

Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper and every living former governor of the state support Amendment 71.

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EDITORIAL: Vote ‘yes’ on 71, to protect our way of life in Colorado

October 2, 2016 – The Gazette

The weak and vulnerable nature of our state constitution, which changes at whim, threatens Colorado’s way of life. Amendment 71 would “raise the bar” to protect Coloradans from constitutional shenanigans and mob rule.

If the U.S. Constitution were easy to change, we would not recognize the country.

Politically correct activists would amend or negate the First Amendment to forbid words or ideas considered offensive to an increasingly sensitive culture. Gun rights would disappear in the emotional aftermath of a high-profile massacre. Special interest revolutionaries would eliminate property rights to carry out impassioned plans for more fashionable uses of farms, ranches, golf courses and mines.

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Raise the Bar Campaign Secures Ballot Spot as Amendment 71

Raise the Bar Campaign Secures Ballot Spot as Amendment 71

Measure seeks to make it harder to amend the constitution


DENVER—Today, Colorado Secretary of State Wayne Williams qualified the measure making it more difficult to amend the state’s constitution for the November ballot. After submitting more than 185,000 signatures from Coloradans across the state, the Raise the Bar campaign sets it eyes on the general election.

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Raise the Bar Campaign Submits 185,000 Voter Signatures

August 5, 2016

Contact: Rich Coolidge
(303) 478-4276

Raise the Bar Campaign Submits 185,000 Voter Signatures
Hundreds of the state’s most respected political, civic, business, conservative and progressive leaders back Raise the Bar

DENVER—Today, proponents of an initiative seeking to make it harder to amend the state’s constitution will submit more than 185,000 signatures to the Colorado Secretary of State’s office to qualify for the November ballot.
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Ballot Initiative Seeks to Make Amending Colorado Constitution More Difficult

By Julia Maguire

May 17, 2016


The Colorado Supreme court Tuesday approved a statewide ballot initiative seeking to make it more difficult to amend that state’s constitution.

Proponents of the Raise the Bar, Protect our Constitution campaign said the more than 150 amendments to the Colorado Constitution are too much, and often conflict with one another.

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Proposal to make it harder to amend state constitution is OK’d to gather ballot signatures

By the Denver Business Journal

May 12, 2016

Backers of a proposed ballot initiative aimed at making it more difficult for citizens to amend the Colorado Constitution got an OK Thursday from the state Supreme Court to begin gathering petition signatures.

The effort had been stalled by a legal challenge that claimed the proposal violated Colorado’s single-subject rule, which restricts how many issues any single amendment to the constitution can change. The high court rejected the challenge.

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Aurora officials support initiative to make it harder to amend Colorado constitution

By Rachel Sapin

March 23, 2016

The “Raise the Bar” initiative would make collecting those signatures more difficult by requiring that signatures come from 2 percent of registered voters in all of the state’s 35 Senate districts. The measure would also require a 55-percent majority in a statewide vote in order for the measure to pass instead of the 51-percent majority in place right now.

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Raising the bar on amending Colorado’s constitution

By Kalie Greenberg

March 11, 2016

GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. Club 20 of the Western Slope is looking to help push forward a ballot initiative making it harder to amend Colorado’s constitution.

Currently, Colorado has one of the easiest constitutions to amend. The initiative, called “Raise the Bar, Protect Our Constitution,” is designed to make the constitution more difficult to amend by requiring signatures from all of Colorado’s 35 State Districts, and if put on the ballot a 55 percent approval by the Colorado electorate would be required instead of the simple majority.

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