Sixteen state constitutions have similar languages, but Tuesday the voters in Colorado chose to change the language of their state…
Sixteen state constitutions have similar languages, but Tuesday the voters in Colorado chose to change the language of their state constitution and abolish all forms of slavery.
Article II, paragraph 26 of the Colorado Constitution states that “in this state shall never be either slavery or involuntary merit except as a punishment for crime, of which the party must have been convicted .” (Emphasis added)  In the future, it will be because of Amendment A to read, “It shall never be in this state, either slavery or involuntary service.” (Again, emphasis is placed on.)
Not all voices have been counted, but the change had 65% of the vote by more than forty-thirds of precincts reporting from Wednesday, according to the Colorado Secretary of State Office. 1
9659005] “The margin is such that there is no doubt,” said Lynn Bartels, a spokesman for the Colorado Secretary of State Secretary.
The voters almost passed the change two years ago, but the wording was so unclear that it confused many people about whether they voted for or against slavery, Jumoke Emery with Abolish Slavery Colorado.
“It’s official! Change A passes!” the organization said on facebook. “We could not have done it without your support. For all who donated, volunteered, sent emails, shared Abolish Slavery Colorado’s posts, and invited their friends and family to vote YES for Amendment A, we’re most grateful . ”  Joe Salazar, a government representative who wrote the bill that was the change, said he felt “absolutely wonderful”.
“Colorado leads the way to so many progressive problems as removing slavery from the constitution, I’m excited for what we do next,” he said.
CNN’s Sheena Jones contributed to this report.