Elections belong to voters — not political parties

Colorado’s election system includes a gold-standard mail-in voting system, independent redistricting commissions, and high voter turnout. Now it’s time to give more voters a meaningful say in their representation.

Colorado Voters First supports initiatives to:

Modernize our elections and give voters better choices and a greater voice

Increase participation in our elections by voters and candidates

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Guarantee equal access in Colorado elections — regardless of political affiliation

Voting Booths
There is mounting evidence that very few Coloradans decide the vast majority of our elections. Low-turnout partisan primary elections are disenfranchising Colorado voters, fueling polarization, distorting representation, and contributing to an eroding faith in our government.

Providing equal access to Colorado elections addresses three core problems:

LACK OF MEANINGFUL VOTES

Colorado’s relatively high General Election turnout is wasted because so many races are decided in low-turnout primaries.

the solution

ALL-CANDIDATE, OPEN PRIMARIES AND MAJORITY-WINNER GENERAL ELECTIONS

Give more voters a more meaningful say in who represents them and increase competition in all elections. After Alaska implemented this voting system, there was a 58% increase in the number of Alaskans casting votes that truly determined who
represented them.

THE MOST POLARIZED LEGISLATURE IN THE U.S.

A recent study ranked Colorado’s as the most polarized state over the past 25 years. (1)

the solution

GIVE VOTERS (NOT PARTIES) MORE CHOICE AND VOICE

Limit party insiders’ grip on the path to office by providing real choices in Primary Elections and promoting majority support to win a General Election. These reforms powerfully change the incentives for candidates and elected officials, resulting in
elections and policymaking that better represent the will of the voters — rather than the will of the political extreme.

YOUNG AMERICANS LOSING FAITH IN OUR DEMOCRACY

Support for democracy from young voters is lower than almost any time in recent history.

the solution

ELIMINATE ANTIQUATED ELECTION RULES THAT LIMIT PARTICIPATION

Give younger voters — and all voters — elections where they have real choices. Recent polling found voters strongly support Final 4 Voting in Colorado, especially young voters, among whom support is +44 points (66% “Yes” to 22% “No”). (2)

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Percent of Colorado voters who cast meaningful votes in state House elections in 2022.

Colorado’s ranking among state’s with the most polarized legislatures

Number of lawmakers in the 100-member Colorado General Assembly appointed via a vacancy committee

(1) Nolan McCarty (Princeton School of Public and International Affairs) and Boris Shor (University of Houston)
(2) Source: Oct. 2023 Keating Research/GS Strategy Group poll of likely 2024 voters.