In Use – Present & Past

Fargo, ND – August 28, 2018 – A local grassroots organization, Reform Fargo, has received official approval after submitting signatures for an approval voting ballot initiative. Fargo voters will see approval voting on their ballot this November as Measure 1. The initiative changes the voting method for Fargo’s city-wide elections to approval voting, which lets voters choose (not rank) all the candidates they wish on their ballot. Most votes still wins. Cass County Auditor Mike Montplaisir and North Dakota Deputy Secretary of State Jim Silrum have both confirmed that approval voting requires no special software. It also adapts to current ballot design.

Your student government: CUSG spring elections and ‘approval voting’ is published online by CU. Elections are held twice per year

In spring of 2013 the student government at the University of Colorado officially adopted Approval Voting as the method of electing its executive body.

The Libertarian Party has been using Approval Voting since 2006 to elect leaders, as well as to nominate party candidates. None of the Above remains a choice on all ballots.

Approval Voting is used to select the Secretary General of the United Nations.

Cardinals used Approval Voting for centuries to elect the Catholic Pope

Tajikistan‘s 1999 parliamentary elections employed Dis-Approval Voting, where unwanted candidates were crossed off the list of a voter’s choices on the ballot.

Small groups using Approval Voting
National Academy of Sciences
Econometric Society
Society for Judgment and Decision Making
Social Choice and Welfare Society
International Joint Conference on Artificial Intelligence
Public Choice Society

The Pirate Party (Piratenpartei) in Europe has been using Approval Voting for years to elect leaders, and party candidates.

In 1990, Oregon used Approval Voting in a statewide advisory referendum on school financing, which presented voters with five different options and allowed them to vote for as many as they wished.

The Regents of University of Colorado have selected presidents and other top echelon positions using Approval Voting.

Large membership organizations that use Approval Voting
The 20,000 member Mathematical Association of America
The 30,000 member American Mathematical Society
The 15,000 member American Statistical Association
The 12,000 member Institute for Operations Research and Management Sciences


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. On October 1st 2019 over one-thousand Colorado voters have registered as AVP which was founded in late 2018.

The second statewide convention will be held in Denver on March 1st 2020.