Effort to remove slavery exception in state constitution fails

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GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. - (KKCO/KJCT) An effort to remove a slavery exception in the Colorado state constitution appears to have failed.

As of Friday at noon, the Secretary of State's office has the following totals on Amendment T.

Yes/For: 1,270,865, 49.65%
No/Against: 1,288,542, 50.35%

A 'Yes' vote would have removed a line from the constitution that is no longer practiced that allows for slavery and involuntary servitude when used as a punishment for persons convicted of a crime.

While no group was actively fighting to keep the wording in the constitution, the clunky wording on the ballot may have confused voters.

The amendment question read as follows....

“Shall there be an amendment to the Colorado Constitution concerning the removal of the exception to the prohibition of slavery and involuntary servitude when used as a punishment for persons duly convicted of a crime?”

Lynn Bartels, a spokesperson for the Colorado Secretary of State's office, said on Twitter the slavery measure is not headed to a recount. The state allows recounts if the difference is 0.5% or less, the difference in vote right now is 0.7%.

Locally, this is how voting went on Amendment T, according to the Secretary of State's Office.

Mesa County
Yes/For: 26,987, 38.24%
No/Against: 43,582, 61.76%

Montrose County
Yes/For: 6,689, 34.09%
No/Against: 12,932, 65.91%

Delta County
Yes/For: 5,371, 33.65%
No/Against: 10,591, 66.35%

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