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Colorado Term Limits, Initiative 12 (1996)

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The Colorado Term Limits Initiative also known as Initiative 12, was on the November 5, 1996 ballot in Colorado as an initiated constitutional amendment, where it was approved. The measure set term limits for the following offices:

  • U.S. Senators, two terms
  • Former and incumbent U.S. Senators, one additional term
  • U.S. Representatives, three terms,
  • Former and incumbent U.S. Representatives, two additional terms

Though the measure was only passed as a state constitutional amendment, it included a proposed amendment to the U.S. Constitution. Therefore, the following provisions were also included:

  • Colorado's state Senators and Representatives were instructed to vote to apply for an amendment-proposing convention.
  • Colorado's U.S. Senators and Representatives were instructed to pass said term limits amendment.
  • All election ballots were required have "Disregarded Voter Instruction On Term Limits" next to the name of an incumbent U.S. Senator or Representative or incumbent state senator or representative when such senator or representative fails to take specific actions in support of said term limits amendment. providing that non-incumbent candidates for U.S. and state senator and representative be given an opportunity to take a pledge in support of said term limits amendment.
  • Primary and general election ballots were required to have "Declined To Take Pledge To Support Term Limits" next to the name of a non-incumbent candidate who has not signed such pledge.[1]

Election results

Colorado Initiative 12 (1996)
ResultVotesPercentage
Approveda Yes 768,257 54.01%
No654,12445.99%

Election results via: The Colorado Legislative Council

Text of measure

The language appeared on the ballot as:[1]

This text is quoted verbatim from the original source. Any inconsistencies are attributed to the original source.

Shall there be an amendment to the Colorado Constitution concerning congressional term limits, and, in connection therewith, specifying a proposed amendment to the U.S. Constitution that limits U.S. Senators to two terms, former and incumbent U.S. Senators to one additional term, U.S. Representatives to three terms, and former and incumbent U.S. Representatives to two additional terms; instructing Colorado's state Senators and Representatives to vote to apply for an amendment-proposing convention; instructing Colorado's U.S. Senators and Representatives to pass said term limits amendment; requiring that all election ballots have "Disregarded Voter Instruction On Term Limits" next to the name of an incumbent U.S. Senator or Representative or incumbent state senator or representative when such senator or representative fails to take specific actions in support of said term limits amendment; providing that non-incumbent candidates for U.S. and state senator and representative be given an opportunity to take a pledge in support of said term limits amendment; requiring that primary and general election ballots have "Declined To Take Pledge To Support Term Limits" next to the name of a non-incumbent candidate who has not signed such pledge; authorizing the secretary of state to determine whether the terms of this amendment have been complied with and whether such designations should appear on the ballot; and allowing any legal challenge to this amendment to be filed with the supreme court of Colorado as an original action?

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