Partisan Elections

Within the state there are statewide elections for Governor and top state offices. The Regents of the University of Colorado have at-large seats that appear on all ballots.

State representatives are elected by political subdivision. House and senate districts.

County commissioners and top county offices are elected both by district and at-large. Nearly all of the 64 counties have partisan elections for county boards and officers.

Supporters or opponents in partisan contests may easily and legally both support and oppose certain candidates. Independent campaigns for or against candidates and issues rely on our current binary ballot for intense and expensive ‘winner takes all’ events that detract from candidate agendas.

Candidates have difficultly controlling their message, and are often spending time battling unknown forces not controlled by a candidate opponent. These actions have had a chilling effect on elections, and few candidates are financially equipped to run against such odds.

Approval Voting interferes with the logical success of independent campaigns. As more candidates appear to have interest, the expense of attacking all of them to support a singular partisan position tends to prevent what we now experience as commonplace.

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.