What passed or failed in Colorado: Coloradans pass 5, fail 4 measures

Posted at 11:51 AM, Nov 09, 2016
and last updated 2016-11-09 14:32:37-05

DENVER -- When it came to the nine state-wide issues on the ballot, Coloradans made a split decision.

Five of the statewide issues were passed, four did not.

Here are the results:

Amendment T -- Failing

Amendment T proposed removing the archaic language about slavery from the state’s constitution. Slavery was officially outlawed in Colorado in 1877. However, there was one exception remaining -- it allowed slavery or involuntary servitude by convicted criminals who are incarcerated.

Editor's note, this vote is close and several counties in Colorado are still counting votes, so the results could change.

Amendment U - Failed

Amendment U concerned an exemption from property taxes.

Amendment 69 - Failed

Amendment 69 would have created a single-payer comprehensive health care system for every Colorado resident.

Amendment 70 - Passed

Amendment 70 increases the statewide minimum wage to $9.30 per hour starting Jan. 1, 2017, then raise it every year by $0.90 per hour until it reaches $12 an hour by Jan. 1, 2020.

Amendment 71 - Passed

Amendment 71 changes the process for amending the state constitution in Colorado. Instead of being able to collect the required number of signatures from anywhere in the state, signatures will have to come from at least 2 percent of the total number of registered voters in each of Colorado’s 35 Senate districts.

Also, Amendment 71 changes the threshold to approve a constitutional amendment to 55 percent of voters. For this election, it was 50 percent, plus one vote.

The change only affects constitutional amendments, not propositions. Under the new standard, Amendment 70 would not have passed (54.30% yes), but Amendment 71 would have (56.86% yes).

Amendment 72 - Failed

Amendment 72would have increased the taxes on cigarettes and other tobacco and distributed the new tax money to various health-related programs.

Proposition 106 - Passed

Proposition 106 was known as Colorado’s “right-to-die” initiative.

Prop. 106 changes Colorado statutes to allow any “mentally-capable” adult aged 18+ with a diagnosed terminal illness that leaves them six months or less to live to receive a prescription from a licensed physician that can be taken voluntarily to end their life.

Proposition 107 - Passed

Proposition 107 re-establishes presidential primary elections in Colorado and opens them up to unaffiliated voters. The measure calls for the primaries to be held before the third Tuesday in March.

Proposition 108 - Passed

Proposition 108 allows unaffiliated voters to cast a ballot in non-presidential primaries.

See all of the election results here.


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