Age Qualification for Serving in General Assembly

Colorado Ballot Measure - Referendum L

Election: General Nov. 4, 2008 (General)
Outcome: Failed



Would lower the age of a candidate for the Colorado House and Senate from 25 to 21.

Fiscal impact:
The proposed change to the state constitution does not reduce the size of the state legislature, or change other established features of the General Assembly. The referendum reduces only the age requirement from 25 to 21. This change will not affect state or local government revenue or expenditures and the referendum is assessed as having no fiscal impact.

Source: 2008 Blue Book

Measure Text

Capital letters indicate new material added to existing statutes; dashes through words indicate deletions from existing statutes and such material not part of act.

SECTION 1. At the next election at which such question may be submitted, there shall be submitted to the registered electors of the state of Colorado, for their approval or rejection, the following amendment to the constitution of the state of Colorado, to wit:

Section 4 of article V of the constitution of the state of Colorado is amended to read:

Section 4. Qualifications of members. No person shall be a representative or senator who shall not have attained the age of twenty-five years BE AN ELECTOR OF THE STATE OF COLORADO AS PROVIDED BY LAW WHO HAS ATTAINED THE AGE OF TWENTY-ONE YEARS, who shall not be a citizen of the United States, and who shall not for at least twelve months next preceding his election, have resided within the territory included in the limits of the district in which he shall be chosen.

SECTION 2. Each elector voting at said election and desirous of voting for or against said amendment shall cast a vote as provided by law either "Yes" or "No" on the proposition: "AN AMENDMENT TO SECTION 4 OF ARTICLE V OF THE CONSTITUTION OF THE STATE OF COLORADO, CONCERNING THE ABILITY OF AN ELECTOR OF THE STATE OF COLORADO WHO HAS ATTAINED THE AGE OF TWENTY-ONE YEARS TO SERVE AS A MEMBER OF THE COLORADO GENERAL ASSEMBLY."

SECTION 3. The votes cast for the adoption or rejection of said amendment shall be canvassed and the result determined in the manner provided by law for the canvassing of votes for representatives in Congress, and if a majority of the electors voting on the question shall have voted "Yes", the said amendment shall become a part of the state constitution.

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