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Personhood Amendment Won't Make November Ballot

Colorado Personhood Coalition

The Secretary of State’s office says the Personhood amendment will not be on the Colorado ballot this November because supporters failed to gather enough valid signatures.

Personhood Colorado is filing a legal appeal to try and overturn that decision. It takes roughly 86,000 valid signatures for an initiative to make the ballot and Personhood Colorado fell short by 3800 signatures.

Jennifer Mason, the communications director for the campaign, says the secretary of state’s office discounted some signatures that were valid.

“Many were invalidated because the notary made a small error with the date and those are still valid signatures so full petitions were thrown out. According to Colorado law, we’re going to be challenging to have those included.”

Coloradans have twice defeated similar Personhood initiatives before. The divisive amendment would define personhood from the beginning of biological development. The state must certify the ballot next week.

The Colorado Secretary of State’s office said it followed the law.

Bente Birkeland has been reporting on state legislative issues for KUNC and Rocky Mountain Community Radio since 2006. Originally, from Minnesota, Bente likes to hike and ski in her spare time. She keeps track of state politics throughout the year but is especially busy during the annual legislative session from January through early May.
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