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  • Anthony Martinez is 84-years-old and suffering from renal failure, as well as other serious medical conditions including dementia. He is currently incarcerated in the Sterling Correctional Facility, site of one of Colorado’s largest COVID-19 outbreaks with almost 600 active COVID-19 cases. He and his family are understandably terrified that he will catch the virus and die.

    In the midst of this public health crisis, incarcerated people as vulnerable as Anthony, could and should be immediately released to safely live out their remaining years with family.

    Read more about Anthony Martinez and other at-risk incarcerated people. 

  • Ronald Johnson is pre-diabetic, suffers from asthma and high blood pressure, and regularly uses an inhaler to breathe. His age and respiratory ailments put him at risk of serious illness and death if he contracts COVID-19. With over hundreds of active cases in Colorado’s prisons, his family fears he will not make it out alive. His daughter, Amber, says, “In prison, he can’t protect himself and he can’t social distance. My deep fear is that my dad will die in prison. That is an awful, traumatic reality to consider. My chest is tight just thinking about how quickly it spreads and how vulnerable he is.”

    Governor Hickenlooper shortened his sentence following testimony from family, friends and correctional officers advocating for his early release. Yet, he is still eight years away from parole. While he remains in prison, COVID-19 continues to spread. Ronald’s three siblings, four children and four grandchildren are desperate for his release.

    Read more about Ronald Johnson and other at-risk incarcerated people.

  • Tuesday Olson knew her pregnancy was in trouble and tried to access hospital care as soon as possible. But there was a problem: she was in jail. This is her story.
  • It’s time to end the death penalty in Colorado. Family members who lost loved ones to murder speak out against an unjust and broken system.

Voting Rights

The right to vote, and to have one’s vote accurately and fairly counted, is a fundamental right of all American citizens.

To date, the ACLU has filed over 300 lawsuits to enforce the provisions of the Voting Rights Act and the Constitution. The ACLU challenges laws that impede our democratic process, including the extensive administrative problems with our voter registration system, as well as the burdensome and unlawful statutes that make it difficult for minor political parties and independent candidates to get on the ballot. Additionally, the ACLU of Colorado supports various election reforms that are consistent with the one person, one vote standard of the Fourteenth Amendment, abolishing laws that disfranchise students and people who are homeless, and allowing same day voter registration. The ACLU of Colorado also fights to restore the voting rights of formerly incarcerated people who often have their right to vote revoked for lengthy periods of time.


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Colorado Election Rules and Procedures
Danielson v. Dennis
Baca v. Orr

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Related Legislation

HB20-1081:Multilingual Ballot Access
HB20-1010:Colorado Accurate Residence For Redistricting Act
HB19-1266: Restore Voting Rights Parolees: