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  • One year ago, thousands of Coloradans marched in a historic display of resistance. At the ACLU of Colorado we carried that spirit throughout the year, fighting on many fronts for civil liberties. We won’t stop now.

  • By canceling DACA, Trump has put 800,000 young people at risk of losing their jobs and being deported from the only country they know as home. Passing the bipartisan Dream Act would protect them. We asked four Dreamers why the Dream Act is important to them and their future.

  • James Fisher spoke at the ACLU of Colorado Bill of Rights Dinner about how he and the ACLU are working together to stop the criminalization of poverty for the thousands of Coloradans who are trapped in debtors’ prisons.

  • Our membership has quadrupled in the last six months, making it possible to do more than ever to protect civil rights and civil liberties in Colorado. Thank you to all our new members, supporters, and donors, and the ones who’ve been with us for years.

Category Archives: Voting Rights

10.15.18

2018 Voter Guide

The 2018 elections are critical, and we encourage everyone to vote. We do not endorse candidates, but we do take positions on initiatives that impact civil rights and civil liberties. Click here to download your 2018 Voter Guide. This year, ACLU of Colorado has taken the following positions on statewide ballot initiatives: Vote YES on Amendment A to remove slavery from the Colorado constitution: The Colorado constitution currently reads, "There shall never be in this state either slavery.... | Read More

10.20.16

ACLU Calls on Mitch Morrissey to Retract Misguided “Ballot Selfie” Threat

Statement of ACLU of Colorado Legal Director Mark Silverstein “The ACLU of Colorado calls on Denver District Attorney Mitch Morrissey to immediately retract his misguided threat to prosecute voters for taking and sharing “ballot selfies.”  Recent court cases in New Hampshire and Indiana have affirmed the right to take ballot selfies and share them, citing the First Amendment right of voters to express support for a candidate and to communicate that support to others.  Legislation in seven.... | Read More

10.17.16

ACLU of Colorado Announces 2016 Ballot Positions

DENVER – As ballots are being mailed out starting today to every Colorado voter, the ACLU of Colorado announced positions on three statewide initiatives and one Denver charter amendment.  The ACLU of Colorado also created a voter information page with key dates, information on registration, ballot return, and the voting rights of students, overseas voters, people who are homeless and people who are currently or have been incarcerated. The following are the ACLU of Colorado’s official positions.... | Read More

6.25.13

Statement on SCOTUS Decision to Strike Down Part of Voting Rights Act

June 25, 2013 Statement of ACLU of Colorado Executive Director Nathan Woodliff-Stanley on the Supreme Court’s decision to strike down a key portion of the Voting Rights Act "Today’s Supreme Court ruling makes voting less free and fair, and it is a step backward, not forward, for civil rights and minority access to the democratic process. "The court's decision is a significant departure from the Supreme Court's previous four decisions over four decades recognizing that.... | Read More

11.7.12

VICTORY – Amendment 64 Passes!

November 7, 2012 On Tuesday, Colorado joined Washington State in becoming the first two states to end the costly and harmful prohibition of marijuana, sending a clear message to the federal government that citizens are not willing to spend any more money and effort on the unnecessary prohibition of marijuana. The amendment passed with a sizeable majority, 54.8% for and 45.1% against with 96% of precincts reporting. The decision means that Colorado adults over the age of 21 will be able to purchase,.... | Read More

10.12.12

After ACLU letter, Durango reverses position on voter registration volunteers

October 12, 2012 The ACLU of Colorado recently scored a victory that will positively impact future elections in our important swing state. The City of Durango Library Director sent an email to library staff incorrectly advising staff that it was illegal for people to register voters while wearing campaign paraphernalia. An Organizing for America voter registration volunteer working outside the Durango Public Library was asked by a Durango Public Library employee to stop his voter registration activities.... | Read More

8.28.12

Citizen voters frantic after receiving Gessler challenge letter

August 28, 2012 Legally registered voters are frantically contacting the ACLU of Colorado after receiving a letter from Secretary of State Scott Gessler asking them to either affirm their citizenship and supply proof – or remove themselves from the voter rolls. “These individuals became citizens before registering to vote,” said Denise Maes, Public Policy Director at the ACLU of Colorado. “Mr. Gessler has no business intimidating model law-abiding citizens living and working.... | Read More

7.17.12

Young voices, New voters

By Rosalie Wilmot (This op-ed column appeared in the July 17, 2012 edition of the Denver Post and can be seen online at denverpost.com) I have been a canvasser for more than a year now. I’ve toiled under the sweltering summer sun while walking blocks and blocks in search of young people who need to be registered. I do this not because of a promise of compensation, but rather because I believe that every person deserves the opportunity to participate. I do it because I remember that the day.... | Read More

9.22.11

A Few Questions for Scott Gessler

A Few Questions for Scott GesslerStatement of C. Ray Drew Executive Director ACLU of Colorado As Colorado’s Secretary of State, it is Scott Gessler’s job to supervise and administer our state’s elections. This is no small task, as voting is the essence of democracy. That is why we find it puzzling that he has decided to sue the City of Denver for helping its eligible voters cast their ballots. Instead of ensuring that Coloradans can vote, our Secretary of State is taking the unprecedented.... | Read More

10.4.10

6,000 COLORADOANS ILLEGALLY EXCLUDED FROM VOTING

6,000 Coloradoans illegally excluded from voting FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE November 2, 2005 While thousands of Colorado citizens cast their ballots on November 1, more than 6,000 Coloradoans were illegally excluded from the polls by a state statute enacted in the early 1990s, according to Mark Silverstein, Legal Director of the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of Colorado. The Colorado statute forbids persons on parole from voting or registering to vote. According to the ACLU, the Colorado Constitution.... | Read More





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