Personhood amendment not approved for ballot, falls less than 4,000 signatures short

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Earlier this month, MSNBC's Rachel Maddow spoke about Colorado's Personhood Amendment as if it had already been approved for the ballot. We suggested this assumption might be premature given the number of signatures proponents submitted -- and indeed, the Secretary of State's office has just announced that it's fallen short.

According to the Rich Coolidge, spokesman for Secretary of State Scott Gessler, the backers of the proposal officially known as Initiative 46, the "Application of the Term of Person," submitted 106,119 signatures, give or take a few. Turns out signature checkers misplaced one petition section containing twenty signatures; when it couldn't be found, the signatures were accepted as valid.

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Scott Gessler.
First time through, Gessler's staffers conducted a random sample of the signatures -- 5 percent of them. In that count of 5,306 signatures, 4,290 were accepted and 1,016 were nixed, leading to a projection of 85,800 -- only a few hundred less than the 86,105 needed for approval.

As a result, a hand check of every signature was ordered, and the final total was indeed tight -- although not quite as close as anticipated. Of the 106,119 signatures, 23,873 were disallowed, leaving 82,246 to the good. Shortfall: 3,859 signatures. Hence, an office release notes, "The measure will not appear on the November ballot."

How much difference does that make? After all, Personhood was soundly defeated in 2008 and 2010, as Maddow pointed out in her report -- and there's nothing to suggest there would have been a different outcome this time around. However, Maddow argued that Personhood's appearance a third time might have benefited Democrats, because it would have shown that reproductive rights are under attack during a campaign in which the votes of women are thought to be key in Colorado, a state that President Barack Obama said he'll have to win to earn a second term.

Here's the Maddow report:

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Bill Black
Bill Black

Good! Great! Yea for the peeps of Colorado! We have proven once again ... we're too smart for BS like this.

Mason T Green
Mason T Green

Dj Barajas: we liberals feel the need to kill babies like the pony puts mustard in your car--because pickles aren't Tuesday. Hopefully that made as much sense as your line of reasoning.

Mason T Green
Mason T Green

Dj Barajas: we liberals feel the need to kill babies like the pony puts mustard in your car--because pickles aren't Tuesday. Hopefully that made as much sense as your line of reasoning.

Mason T Green
Mason T Green

I need to thank Ray Koren for enlightening me on the candidates' full names. I guess that this means the President's not running the country into the ground??

Ed Barcas III
Ed Barcas III

Thank god this moronic, anti-science bill failed! This kind of garbage is about one thing...CONTROLLING women and their bodies.

Ed Barcas III
Ed Barcas III

Thank god this moronic, anti-science bill failed! This kind of garbage is about one thing...CONTROLLING women and their bodies.

Ed Barcas III
Ed Barcas III

Thank god this moronic, anti-science bill failed! This kind of garbage is about one thing...CONTROLLING women and their bodies.

Dj Barajas
Dj Barajas

I feel sad that some feel such a need to kill babies that this stupid personhood bill even had to be drafted. :-(

Ray Koren
Ray Koren

Get your head out of the sand and stop buying into this partisan rhetoric. Stop drooling for Dictator Socialist Obama and Run The Country into the Ground Romney. Wake Up People.

Ray Koren
Ray Koren

Get your head out of the sand and stop buying into this partisan rhetoric. Stop drooling for Dictator Socialist Obama and Run The Country into the Ground Romney. Wake Up People.

Jonathan Sackheim
Jonathan Sackheim

They succeeded in making corporations into people and money into speech. What's next? Denying climate change? :-)

Jonathan Sackheim
Jonathan Sackheim

They succeeded in making corporations into people and money into speech. What's next? Denying climate change? :-)

Mike Mestas
Mike Mestas

Fantastic News! The Government should not be dictating what a Woman does! how about all of you on both sides get off your asses and so something about the Economy and jobs!!

Dzsesszika Flowers
Dzsesszika Flowers

Good. Let this be the last time we have to make our decision clear.

Mary Durocher
Mary Durocher

it would have been voted down AGAIN anyway...if they want to spend their time on this let them. ~~FAIL~~

Mary Durocher
Mary Durocher

it would have been voted down AGAIN anyway...if they want to spend their time on this let them. ~~FAIL~~

HurfDurf
HurfDurf

 @DonkeyHotay  He wants to save the babies so that he can write ignorant comments about them being welfare recipients taking his tax dollars later on.  Republican = confused hypocrite.

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