Non Partisan & Odd Year Elections

Odd Year Elections comprise city and town councils, primarily home rule communities that elect council members and retain judicial appointments. Odd numbered years may also serve Special Districts. These are non partisan contests.
The Approval Voting method can be used in Non-Partisan elections to avoid costly run-off elections. This is an effect of the simplicity of method itself. Unlike Instant Run-Off, numerically ranked voting, or proportional representation, the tally of votes is transparently the sum of all votes cast. Other alternative methods, such as Ranked Voting, involve more complex math and are not readily understandable for voters and many elections officials.

Colorado has several cities in which leadership is replaced in a manner similar to a parliament, where the voters are polled to see if they like the present leadership (ie: mayor) and failing a certain percentage another vote will be taken for replacement. Rather than two tiered voting, Approval Voting could be used in one election to determine if the leader had maintained his/her percentage of Approval, or elect the new leader.

Mayor Jones needs 40% Approval to avoid being replaced. If he gets this Approval, all others lose. If he doesn’t, then the one candidate with the most votes is the new Mayor.
Some voters may Approve of Mayor Jones and also support the best person seeking the seat. All on the same ballot at the same time.


At-Large Elections in which thee or more seats are to be filled are a good use of Approval Voting, especially when there are a large number of candidates. A recent Boulder election had fourteen candidates seeking five seats.
CU student government recognized this difficulty and now use Approval Voting for their at-large elections.

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.

Voters naturally want to choose more than one.