Approval Voting is a voting method were voters may select as many candidates as they would approve of. The candidate receiving the most votes wins the election.
Approval Voting is useful when there are more than two candidates; or multiple choices for a ballot issue.

Approval Voting highlights:

  • No vote splitting or spoilers, ever
  • Highly resistant to tactical voting
  • Significantly less spoiled ballots
  • More expressive – Always vote your honest favorite
  • All candidates get a more accurate measure of support
  • Easy to tally and results are transparent
  • Ballots are the same, the number of choices increases
Jonathan Singer's Approval Voting bill HB17-1281 in 2017 was our last legislative attempt to instruct the Secretary of State to create rules and procedures for Approval Voting elections. Now in 2019 we are led to believe that the new administration of Jena Griswold has an interest in supporting alternative voting methods, including Approval Voting.
Local election supervisors in counties, cities/towns, and special districts need election rules from the Colorado Secretary of State.
Home Rule communities may already use Approval Voting without SoS rules, but find them valuable.
Approval Voting for Colorado seeks additional rules, not a change to existing rules.
Use of Approval Voting will be strictly voluntary by communities and districts that want to try it.