What is Approval Voting?
With Approval Voting voters may choose more than one candidate in a single seat race.
Approval Voting allows voters to better express their preferences.
Plurality Voting limits voter expression to only one candidate or ideal.
Approval Voting can also be used to simplify multiple seat races, as voters can vote for as many candidates as they choose.
Many voters are already familiar with the concept of being able to pick multiple candidates to fill seats on a board or commission. Such as at-large positions on school boards; city councils; county and district boards.
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
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.