Colorado Personhood Amendment Fails to Make Ballot


Apparently thinking that the third time’s the charm, the anti-choice loonies in Colorado tried once again to get a personhood amendment on the ballot for a referendum. This time they didn’t even turn in enough valid signatures to get it on the ballot, much less get it passed.

Although such amendments have little chance of banning any abortions without first changing the makeup of the Supreme Court, Personhood Colorado filed signatures for a new personhood amendment with the Colorado Secretary of State’s office earlier this month. The amendment fell 3,859 signatures short of the requirement and will not be on the November ballot.

The signatures submitted totaled 112,121, more than the 86,105 that were required, but the state has to validate the signatures and more than enough were declared invalid.

70% of Colorado voters said no to the same amendment in 2010 and 73% said no to it in 2008, but those plucky theocrats never seem to give up. Now they’re challenging the invalidation of the petitions so that they can get voted down by a huge margin yet again.

Comments

  1. Michael Heath says

    The signatures submitted totaled 112,121, more than the 86,105 that were required, but the state has to validate the signatures and more than enough were declared invalid.

    So the very group which provides voter support for voter ID laws which effectively suppresses voting rights in spite of not being able to find any voter-ID fraud, is the very group which submits a significant percentage of invalid signatures. Beat that for irony and a psychological projection.

  2. says

    Maybe if they had said that “personhood” should be extended to all undocumented immigrants and that…Oh, I’m sorry, I was just spitballin’, there.

  3. Jordan Genso says

    Ed wrote:

    Now they’re challenging the invalidation of the petitions so that they can get voted down by a huge margin yet again.

    I think you’re missing the multiple purposes of the ballot initiative. Sure, they want it to pass and become law, but even if that’s not going to happen, they benefit if they can just get it on the ballot.

    A) It will help motivate like-minded voters to show up in support (even if they’re a minority) which influences the other elections on the ballot.

    B) Overtime, if the issue is on the ballot every cycle, it eventually stops being viewed as a “fringe” position. It remains a minority position, but it normalizes what would otherwise continue to be radical. And that helps their cause in the long run.

  4. sharonb says

    Sooooo….
    This personhood amendment, which can’t get enough wingnut signatures in CO, and fails even in Mississippistan…

    …Is this the same personhood plank in the Republican Party platform??

    How do you spell failure?

    R-M-O-N-E-Y!

  5. DubsCK says

    Wrong personhood, Marcus. This is the concept that fertilized eggs are human. I was almost hoping it would make it to the ballot. With as unpopular as it is, it drives liberals to the polls. We do NOT want to lose our birth control here.

  6. crowepps says

    In addition to (a) motivating like-minded voters and (b) normalizing their extremist position, don’t forget the benefit of (C) setting up a ProLife advocacy non-profit organization, franchising it in each state, and using websites with lots of pictures of babies and a huge green “Donate Now” button, so one can pay oneself a fat salary as ‘executive director’ while getting volunteers to do all the actual ‘work’ for free.

  7. says

    Wrong personhood, Marcus. This is the concept that fertilized eggs are human.

    Sorry about that; I was attempting a minor funny. I wanted to set up the idea in people’s minds that, apparently, under the republicans, everyone is human – everything is human – except for endangered species, Afghanis, Iraqis, Mexicans, etc.

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