Better for Expressing the Will of the Entire Voting Population
Approval Voting does a better job of expressing the will of the entire voting population because:
- It allows voters to express approval for more than one candidate;
- It is easier to count than complicated ranking schemes;
- Compromise candidates are discovered by allowing the support of multiple choices; and
- Ranking doesn’t matter because it is expressed by refusing to vote for bad candidates.
- Ranking only matters to the individual voter, not to the group as a whole.
Ranked voting methods are defined in state law as C.R.S. 1-7-1001 which passed in 2008. Ranked voting and Instant Run-off voting involve giving choices a numerical value.
In C.R.S. 1-7-1002(2)(c) An inventory of available election equipment necessary for conducting elections using ranked voting methods, including the costs associated with the equipment;
This shows that special equipment is necessary for ranked voting methods. Anything other than shading in a box or oval will be a difficulty with Help America Vote Act compliant equipment. A fourteen year old federal standard in elections equipment, HAVA is not likely to change. RV and IRV are limited to electronic voting, which has been proven highly suspect. Voters prefer paper ballots.
The Approval Voting Method easily complies with federal HAVA ballot requirements, and the machinery currently employed. No changes to the hardware are needed.
C.R.S. 1-7-1003 is a very difficult read for most voters. It defies transparency in what must be the most transparent task of government. A huge task is laid upon clerks and an increase in staffing is necessary to address reporting requirements for audit as found in C.R.S. 1-7-1003 (7)
Under Colorado law ranked voting has had difficulties in application. It places a burden on the human apparatus to operate the election, besides the difficulties procuring certifiable hardware. Ranked voting and Instant Run-off voting are costly in personnel. Labor needs increase. The opposite is true of the Approval Voting Method. Less labor is needed to determine the intent of the voter when all votes are counted.
The Approval Voting Method provides the simplest multi-choice ballot option. Count all the votes.
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.