Alternative voting methods are not prohibited
In some local elections voters have seen multiple choice ballots for candidates.
Elections in which there is more than one at-large seat feature instructions to vote for a number of candidates equaling the number of seats available on a board. ie: “Vote for Five” or “Vote for no more than five.”
This is not a defiance of state law, nor permitted by home rule governance. There is simply no statewide prohibition on voting methods.
In most counties across America, the county clerk executes all elections operations for towns and cities within. When these occur on a common date, such as the first Tuesday following the first Monday in November, it is known as a coordinated election. The county clerk will comply with rules set by their own Secretary of State.
Before 2008 in Colorado, it was possible for a local government to employ ranked voting. What were missing were the rules for a clerk to develop a “ballot plan”. The Voter Choice Act obligated the Colorado Secretary of State to develop rules for ranked voting methods. A handful of Colorado towns adopted the new methods. year the Secretary of State promulgates rules for clerks statewide concerning elections practices. After passage of any elections legislation the Secretary of State is likely to promulgate new rules. The Secretary of State may not accept a ballot plan for a “coordinated election” that defies rules from his or her office. This is the sensible enforcement of rules in coordination with clerks.
Clerks are not prohibited from using different voting methods, but may refuse to do so without guidelines. Approval Voting Method legislation have asked for those guidelines.
The use of Approval Voting is voluntary choice by voters in a political subdivision.
Colorado’s newest party is seeking citizens of the state to register to vote as Approval Voting Party members.
The Approval Voting Party has been established in Colorado. As a Qualified Political Organization we lack the ability to nominate candidates for the ballot until we achieve one-thousand registered voter members. The state reported 838 registered members at the end of July 2019 and the party was founded earlier this year.
On June 2nd of 2019 the first statewide convention was held in Denver.