Approval Voting is a voting method that has voters select as many candidates as they wish.
The candidate with the highest number of votes wins.
Approval Voting is useful when voters must select between more than two choices.

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 transparently understandable
  • Reduced labor costs as ‘over-votes’ are expected
  • No changes to standard election systems in wide use
  • Ballots are the same, the number of choices increases
Our Approval Voting bill HB17-1281 instructs the Secretary of State to create rules and procedures for Approval Voting elections for use in elections after November 1st of 2017.
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.