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Cobalt Advocates

For Voters

Importance of voting and how voting can make big changes

Our voter outreach and community relationships allow us to engage directly with ballot initiatives, to run an historic abortion rights measure with the Colorado Reproductive Health, Rights, and Justice Coalition, and to hear feedback from the people and communities we serve. It is part of our mission to show elected officials the widespread popularity of abortion rights among Colorado voters which in turn allows our policy team to advocate effectively for proactive reproductive rights policies and against policies harmful to reproductive rights.

Overview of upcoming elections, voter registration, important policies:

This map was updated June 2024, based on the Center for Reproductive Rights Abortion Laws By State Map.
  • Expanded Access
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  • Not Protected
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  • Illegal
Important Policies

Cobalt opposes anti-abortion ballot measures every time they are attempted.

Colorado voters defeated fetal personhood amendments, which are total abortion bans, by 46% (Amendment 48) in 2008, by 41% (Amendment 62) in 2010, and by 30% (Amendment 67) in 2014. In 2020, Colorado voters defeated Proposition 115, a 22-week abortion ban, by 18%, with more votes cast opposing it than President Biden received on the same ballot.

In 2024, Cobalt is leading the Coloradans for Protecting Reproductive Freedom campaign to win a ballot measure, Initiative 89, to put abortion as a guaranteed right into the Colorado Constitution, thus removing our state’s discriminatory ban on abortion being a covered service under state healthcare insurance plans. Constitutional amendments on the ballot require 55% of the vote to pass, and they cannot be reversed without the same margin.

In 2023, Cobalt joined the Colorado Reproductive Health, Rights, and Justice Coalition to pass the Safe Access to Protected Health Care (SAPHC) package of three bills: Senate Bills 23-188, 189, and 190. Cobalt led the passage of SB 23-188, the interstate shield law for abortion, contraception, and gender-affirming care that protected Colorado’s patients, providers, and assistors of legally-protected healthcare against criminal, civil, privacy, and professional threats from other states. Planned Parenthood of the Rocky Mountains led on SB 23-189, which mandated commercial insurance companies cover abortion and STI screenings, prevention, and treatments without any co-pays, co-deductibles, co-insurance, or step therapy. COLOR and New Era Colorado led on SB 23-190 that made it a deceptive trade practice for anti-abortion counseling centers to advertise abortion services that they do not actually provide. 

In 2022, Cobalt and COLOR led the passage of House Bill 22-1279, the Reproductive Health Equity Act (RHEA) that enshrined the legal right to abortion into Colorado state law, in anticipation of the loss of the national right to abortion guaranteed by the 1973 U.S. Supreme Court decision Roe v. Wade.

How did your legislator vote on reproductive freedom legislation this year? The 2024 Reproductive Rights Scorecard will be available mid-summer.

Use Cobalt’s annual Scorecard to make your most educated vote.

The right to self determination and bodily autonomy are deeply held Colorado values. Cobalt’s annual scorecard allows us to report on who is, or is not, living up to those shared values based on whether or not members of the General Assembly vote to support or oppose abortion access and reproductive rights.

This report is a tool used by Cobalt’s more than 170,000 members across Colorado to see whether or not their legislators are committed to protecting and expanding abortion rights and reproductive health care access, and – when the time comes – to hold them accountable at the ballot box.

Upcoming Elections

Mark your calendars for these upcoming opportunities to vote!

Be heard! Voting is your chance to fight for your rights. Unsure of who to vote for? Take a look at the candidates Cobalt is endorsing this year.

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  • PRIMARY - Presidential Primary

    Tuesday, March 5, 2024


    Registration Deadlines:
    BY MAIL: Monday, February 26, 2024
    IN PERSON: Tuesday, March 5, 2024
    ONLINE: Monday, February 26, 2024

    Register to Vote
  • PRIMARY - State Primary Election

    Tuesday, June 25, 2024

    Registration Deadlines:
    BY MAIL: Monday, June 17, 2024
    IN PERSON: Tuesday, June 25, 2024
    ONLINE: Monday, June 17, 2024

    see endorsements
  • GENERAL - Election

    Tuesday, November 5, 2024

    Registration Deadlines:
    BY MAIL: Monday, October 28, 2024
    IN PERSON: Tuesday, November 5, 2024
    ONLINE: Monday, October 28, 2024

    register to vote

Endorsements

We must elect leaders at every level of government who will protect the right to abortion and who will fight to move beyond just legality and fight to eliminate the structural, financial, and systemic barriers that restrict abortion access.