Article VII, Colorado Constitution
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| Text of Section 1:
Qualifications of Elector.
As amended November 4, 1902; November 6, 1962. (See Laws 1901, p. 107; Laws 1963, p. 1057.); as amended November 8, 1988 Effective upon proclamation of the Governor, January 3, 1989. (For the text of this amendment and the votes cast thereon, see L. 88, p. 1453, and L. 89, p. 1656.)
| Text of Section 1a:
Qualifications of Elector Residence on Federal Land.
Any other provision of this constitution with regard to "qualifications of electors" notwithstanding, every citizen of the United States who shall be otherwise qualified and shall have resided in this state not less than three months next preceding the election at which he offers to vote, and in the county or precinct such time as may be prescribed by law, shall be qualified to vote at all elections; provided, that the general assembly may by law extend to citizens of the United States who have resided in this state less than three months, the right to vote for presidential and vicepresidential electors, United States senators, and United States representatives.
Any person who otherwise meets the requirements of law for voting in this state shall not be denied the right to vote in an election because of residence on land situated within this state that is under the jurisdiction of the United States.
Adopted November 3, 1970 Effective upon proclamation by the Governor, December 7, 1970. (See Laws 1970, p. 446.)
| Text of Section 2:
Suffrage to Women.
Repealed November 8, 1988 Effective upon proclamation of the Governor, January 3, 1989. (For the text of this repeal and the votes cast thereon, see L. 88, p. 1454, and L. 89, p. 1657.)
| Text of Section 3:
Educational Qualifications of Elector.
(Deleted by amendment.)
As amended November 6, 1990 Effective upon proclamation of the Governor, January 3, 1991. (For the text of this amendment and the votes cast thereon, see L. 90, p. 1861, and L. 91, p. 2032.)
| Text of Section 4:
When Residence Does Not Change.
For the purpose of voting and eligibility to office, no person shall be deemed to have gained a residence by reason of his presence, or lost it by reason of his absence, while in the civil or military service of the state, or of the United States, nor while a student at any institution of learning, nor while kept at public expense in any poorhouse or other asylum, nor while confined in public prison.
| Text of Section 5:
Privilege of Voters.
Voters shall in all cases, except treason, felony or breach of the peace, be privileged from arrest during their attendance at elections, and in going to and returning therefrom.
| Text of Section 6:
Electors Only Eligible to Office.
No person except a qualified elector shall be elected or appointed to any civil or military office in the state.
| Text of Section 7:
The general election shall be held on such day as may be prescribed by law.
As amended November 3, 1992 Effective upon proclamation of the Governor, January 14, 1993. (For the text of the amendments and the votes cast thereon, see L. 92, p. 2316 and L. 93, p. 2159.)
| Text of Section 8:
Elections by Ballot or Voting Machine.
When the governing body of any county, city, city and county or town, including the city and county of Denver, and any city, city and county or town which may be governed by the provisions of special charter, shall adopt and purchase a voting machine, or voting machines, such governing body may provide for the payment therefore by the issuance of interestbearing bonds, certificates of indebtedness or other obligations, which shall be a charge upon such city, city and county, or town; such bonds, certificates or other obligations may be made payable at such time or times, not exceeding ten years from date of issue, as may be determined, but shall not be issued or sold at less than par.
As amended November 5, 1946. (See Laws 1947, p. 427.)
| Text of Section 9:
No Privilege to Witness in Election Trial.
| Text of Section 10:
Disfranchisement During Imprisonment.
No person while confined in any public prison shall be entitled to vote; but every such person who was a qualified elector prior to such imprisonment, and who is released therefrom by virtue of a pardon, or by virtue of having served out his full term of imprisonment, shall without further action, be invested with all the rights of citizenship, except as otherwise provided in this constitution.
| Text of Section 11:
Purity of Elections.
The general assembly shall pass laws to secure the purity of elections, and guard against abuses of the elective franchise.
| Text of Section 12:
Election Contests by Whom Tried.
The general assembly shall, by general law, designate the courts and judges by whom the several classes of election contests, not herein provided for, shall be tried, and regulate the manner of trial, and all matters incident thereto, but no such law shall apply to any contest arising out of an election held before its passage.
- Colorado Constitution with Introduction by Former Colorado Attorney General Gale Norton (note:this version has not been updated to reflect amendments made since approximately 2000).
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