Join Frank Atwood, the Approval Voting National Spokesman, as he testifies in favor of SB[masked] before the Senate State Veterans & Military Affairs Committee, Wednesday, February 6, 2013. Join Mr. Atwood in room 353 at 1:30pm to support his efforts in seeing the Approval Voting bill SB[masked] move favorably from this Senate Committee, to the Floor. Senator David Balmer, author of the bill will be testifying before the committee as well.
SB[masked] allows non-partisan races, including municipal and special district elections to use Approval Voting. Approval Voting allows the voter to vote for more than one candidate. Approval Voting gets rid of the "wasted vote," and it stops philosophical allies from sabotaging each other.
If you would like to read more about Approval Voting, you can go to cc4av.org Colorado Coalition for Approval Voting, CC4AV, is a grassroots organization, with chapters in several cities across the United States. http://www.cc4av.org
Contact Frank if you would like to join him in the democratic process on Wednesday.
Approval Voting is a single-winner voting system that has voters select as many candidates as they wish.
The candidate with the highest number of votes wins. Approval Voting is particularly useful when voters must select between more than two choices.
Approval Voting highlights:
No vote splitting or spoilers, ever
Always vote your honest favorite
Significantly less spoiled ballots
Reduced labor costs (no overvotes)
Results are easy to understand, just like Plurality
Ballots are familiar to voters and look essentially the same as Plurality
Is good at choosing the beat-all (Condorcet) winner
Alternate candidates get a more accurate measure of support
No changes to standard election systems in wide use
Means that voters can vote for as many candidates as they choose. It is traditionally applied to single-winner elections.
Approval Voting allows voters to better express their preferences. Plurality Voting limits voter expression to only one candidate.
Approval Voting can also be used to simplify multiple seat races, as voters can vote for as many candidates as they choose.
The concept of being able to pick multiple candidates is already familiar to voters: when electing at-large school boards; city councils; district board commissioners; and University of Colorado Regents (the largest state wide at-large race).
The candidates with the highest number of votes would fill the elected offices in a multi-seat at-large race.
For Local Government Concern:
In some municipalities and special districts, bylaws permit the other board members to appoint a voter to the vacant seat until an election is deemed necessary.
The use of Approval Voting in the prior election may steer such an appointment in a transparent method.
Where has Approval Voting been used?
The Pirate Party (Piratenpartei) of Germany and the Libertarian Party of the US has been using Approval Voting for years to elect leaders, as well as to nominate 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.
Approval Voting is used to select the Secretary General of the United Nations.
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.
The Regents of University of Colorado have selected presidents using Approval Voting.
Cardinals used Approval Voting for centuries to elect the Catholic Pope