COLORADO – The Associated Press is projecting that Colorado voters have approved Amendment A, which removes the mention of slavery in the Colorado constitution that allows slavery and indentured servitude to be used as a form of punishment for convicted criminals.
While slavery and indentured servitude are already prohibited in the constitution, this measure would ensure it is prohibited in all circumstances.
Amendment A – Prohibit Slavery
The section of the Colorado Constitution reads, “That there shall never be in this State either slavery or involuntary servitude, except as punishment for crime, whereof the party shall have been duly convicted.”
The measure failed in 2016 by a narrow margin with 50.32% voting against the amendment. In May, Colorado lawmakers voted to put the question on the ballot, this time, worded a little differently due to people reporting they found the language confusing.