Several new groups on Wednesday came out in opposition to Amendment 71, saying that the proposal, if approved by voters, would raise the threshold too high and make it too hard to change Colorado’s constitution in the future.

Under Amendment 71 — billed as “Raise the Bar — Protect our Constitution” — any petition for a citizen-initiated constitutional amendment would have to be signed by at least 2 percent of registered voters who reside in each state’s 35 Senate district. Amendment 71 also requires approval from 55 percent of voters in an election to pass a constitutional amendment instead of the simple majority now required.

Supporters have said the process for a citizen-initiated constitutional amendment on the ballot is too easy, allowing a small portion of the state’s voters to dictate the contents of the ballot.

But if the proposal is approved, citizens “will find it a lot harder to get proposals on the ballot,” predicted Scott Wasserman, president of the Bell Policy Center, during a conference call on Wednesday.

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