Labor Cost Saver
With the current voting system, more than one vote in a race is considered an Over Vote. When Over Votes are declared, multi-partisan teams of voters review individual ballots to try to ascertain “voter intent”.
With Approval Voting all votes would be counted. Thus, the need for many staffing positions concerning ballot review would be greatly reduced.
|Legislative Council Staff Fiscal Note for HB14-1062
All systems in use by Colorado county clerks must be HAVA (Help America Vote Act) compliant. Systems may easily be programmed to ignore multiple votes and count all, just as easily as they were programmed to flag and reject multiple votes. In many systems, this is a software choice selected on a menu of items.
This bill exempts Approval Voting from the overvote condition defined in Title 1 and replaces it. This exemption is only effective for when Approval Voting is used.
Ballots are handled and viewed by judges before being electro-mechanically scanned. Ballot anomalies are in full view before being confirmed by machines. Many clerks have wisely chosen not to have scanners confirm food stains or obvious sharpie drawings; diverting ‘bad ballots’ to other judges. It is not likely that defeating overvote rejection and counting all the votes will increase unintentional votes. Judges have been perfectly capable of diverting ballots before scanners. Scanners and tally may operate continuously without pause for overvote conditions.
Complete information and examples found here https://sites.google.com/a/electology.org/www/approval-voting#TOC-How-will-Approval-Voting-affect-spoiled-ballots-
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.