What is Approval Voting?

Approval Voting means that voters can vote for as many candidates as they choose. It is traditionally applied to single-winner elections. Approval Voting allows voters to better express their preferences. Choose-one Plurality Voting limits voter expression to only one candidate.

Approval Voting can also be used to simplify multiple seat races, as voters can vote for as many candidates as they choose.

The concept of being able to pick multiple candidates is already familiar to voters: when electing at-large school boards; city councils; district board commissioners; and University of Colorado Regents (the largest state wide at-large race).

The candidates with the highest number of votes would fill the elected offices in a multi-seat at-large race.

For Local Government Concern:
In some municipalities and special districts, bylaws permit the other board members to appoint a voter to the vacant seat until an election is deemed necessary.

The use of Approval Voting in the prior election may steer such an appointment in a transparent method.

Complete information and examples found at The Center for Election Science

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.