Ballot initiatives provide Colorado voters the opportunity to participate in direct democracy by voting specifically on policies and not just politicians. The federal government is no longer able to protect our basic rights, but we can vote for state and local ballot initiatives that give Colorado an opportunity to become a national leader in defending and expanding our hard‐won rights.
YES to Ending the Housing Crisis – Colorado is in the midst of a devastating housing crisis that is having a disproportionate impact on communities of color and leading to a cascade of civil rights abuses for unhoused people. The ACLU of Colorado endorses public policies that will help protect and increase access to housing.
Yes on State Proposition 123 (statewide)
State Proposition 123 will help increase and maintain the number of affordable housing units across the state.
Yes on Denver Initiated Ordinance 305 (local)
Denver’s Initiative 305 will keep more Denver families in their homes by ensuring access to free legal assistance for renters, so they are not unfairly evicted by landlords.
YES to Ending the War on Drugs – The ACLU of Colorado supports a full and complete end to the failed and racist War on Drugs. The ACLU endorses public policies that take steps toward ending drug criminalization in favor of a well-regulated market and treatment-based approaches, and unwinding the harms of 50 years of failed drug policy.
Yes on State Proposition 122 (statewide)
State Proposition 122 will decriminalize the personal use and possession of five types of hallucinogenic and entheogenic plants and fungi and create a natural medicine services program.
Yes on Colorado Springs Ballot Question 300 (local)
Colorado Springs Proposition 300 would allow recreational marijuana purchases in the city.
YES to Equitable Education – A separate and unequal educational experience has been a primary driver of systemic inequalities for people of color in Colorado.
Yes on State Proposition FF (statewide)
Proposition FF will provide free meals to all K–12 students in participating districts, regardless of their household income. Free school lunches for all removes stigma from students who need free or reduced meals, and improves educational outcomes.
YES to Voter Accessibility – Voter participation protects our democracy. The ACLU of Colorado believes that voting should be fair, transparent, and easy for all voters – whether that’s through increased ballot transparency or streamlined election dates.
YES on Proposition GG (Statewide)
Proposition GG will require additional transparency for state ballot measures by requiring relevant initiatives to include a tax table on the ballot to show just how much cost or savings a family can expect.
YES on Boulder Ballot Question 2E (local)
Question 2E will move municipal elections to occur on even years. Aligning local elections with state and federal election calendars reduces voter fatigue and increases voter participation.
YES on Aurora Ballot Question 3A (local)
Question 3A will restore the right to run for political office despite prior felony conviction. The measure will also bring the city in line with the Colorado Constitution, which protects the right to run for office as a fundamental right of citizenship.
YES to Gender Equity – While the tides are shifting, women still make up a disproportionately small percentage of the military and veterans and are often left out of support once their serving or veteran spouse passes away.
Yes on State Amendment E (statewide)
Amendment E bridges the equity gap, ensuring the same homestead exemption access to spouses when they lose their partner in the line of duty or from a service-related injury or disease.
NO to Inequitable Tax Policy - In the fight toward racial justice, systemic equality, and immigrant justice, funding for families to have their basic needs met requires sound revenue from taxes.
NO on State Proposition 121
The ACLU of Colorado opposes Proposition 121, knowing that a decrease in state revenue might save our lowest income neighbors $5 per year, but will cost the programs that support their access to food, housing, healthcare, and education millions. Hundreds of millions of dollars in revenue loss will have a direct and negative impact on already underfunded necessary programs that help build power and equity across Colorado.