Did You Know We Are Voting to End Slavery in Colorado This Election?

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.

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