How does Approval Voting differ from Choose-one Plurality Voting?

  • Users of the Approval Voting method largely choose to vote for more than one candidate;
  • Candidates showing scant support under Choose-one Plurality Voting are better represented under Approval Voting;
  • Approval Voting is completely immune from the vote splitting spoiler effect ;
  • Users of Choose-one Plurality Voting often support or oppose candidates by bullet voting (negative reinforcement of the spoiler effect).
  • Approval Voting provides public guidance when office holders do not complete their terms.
  • Choose-one Plurality voting can lead to voters abandoning their first choice in order to help a “lesser of evils” to win.
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.