Next month, Colorado voters will decide whether to abolish slavery in our state. It turns out slavery is still technically legal here as a form of punishment.
Article II, Section 26 of Colorado's constitution reads that there "shall never be in this state either slavery or involuntary servitude, except as a punishment for crime, whereof the party shall have been duly convicted."
As CNN notes, Colorado's not alone: At least 15 other state constitutions allow slavery as punishment for a crime, as does the U.S. Constitution.
Colorado voters nearly passed a similar measure two years ago, but the wording was reportedly so misleading that some people thought they'd be casting a vote in favor of slavery, when in fact the opposite would have been true.