Student Voice, Student Vote, a coalition of youth advocacy groups, proposed HB1149 or the Student Voice Student Vote Act to allow 16- and 17-year-olds to vote in local school board elections. In March 2020, the bill passed through its first committee, but it then stalled as the state legislature focused on responding to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Now, the coalition and its allies are focused on defeating Initiative 76, a statewide ballot measure in Colorado, that is dangerous, anti-democracy, and anti-immigrant. It would change the state constitution to more explicitly prohibit non-citizens from voting (non-citizens already cannot vote under current law). It would also do away with the state’s current, successful policy of primary voting for 17-year-olds who turn 18 by the general, and it would forestall future work on Vote16 in the state. This was put on the ballot by a xenophobic dark money group from out of state, seeking to drive turnout among certain voters with anti-immigrant narratives. The No on 76 campaign is led by young activists and a wide coalition, including the state ACLU. Learn more on the campaign website.


Photo by Pedro Szekely.