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Group turns in signatures to put citizen voter requirement on 2020 ballot

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A group seeking to amend the Colorado constitution to make voting exclusively for U.S. citizens says it turned in more than 200,000 petition signatures on Tuesday to get a measure on the 2020 ballot.

The petition for Initiative 76, backed by the issues committee Colorado Citizen Voters, was approved July 22, and petition signatures are due to the Secretary of State’s office on Tuesday.  

Colorado Citizen Voters says passing the ballot measure would be closing a loophole that allows non-citizens to vote in elections.

The measure “says only a citizen of the United States can vote,” Joe Stengel, who’s the registered agent for the group, told The Center Square, noting it uses “exclusive” language rather than the current “inclusive” language.

The group needed to collect 124,000 signatures for the measure to make the 2020 ballot, but Colorado Politics reported on Monday that the group will turn in over 200,000 signatures.

The ballot measure would clarify language in the state constitution so only U.S. citizens could vote in elections.

“Every citizen of the United States who has attained the age of eighteen years, has resided in this state for such a time as may be prescribed by law, and has been duly registered as a voter if required by law shall be qualified to vote at all elections,” the state constitution reads.

Initiative 76 would amend the current language to read “Only a citizen of the United States …”

A national group backing the effort has spent almost $1.4 million in non-monetary contributions such as signature collecting in Colorado as of Oct. 25.