Background

Without tipping the partisan balance in either direction, a ballot measure adopting a unified, all candidate primary with the top four candidates advancing to a ranked choice voting general election will expand choice for voters, create a meaningful path for candidates from underrepresented communities and political outsiders to have the opportunity to compete in a general election, and in the fullest way incentivize candidates to appeal to a majority of voters.

Putting ballot in box
The following reforms will modernize our elections and give voters better candidate choices, and a greater voice, in our elections:

1. Election Reforms

Final Four Voting, as is used in Alaska’s elections, combines election reforms to both the primary and general elections that powerfully change the incentives for candidates and elected officials resulting in election outcomes and policymaking that better represent the will of the voters – rather than the will of the political extremes.

  • Primary Election
    • Equal access, all-candidate primary election: a single election per race/seat that includes all candidates on a single standard ballot, regardless of party, and in which all registered voters can participate regardless of party
    • Final 4 voting: the top four candidates receiving the highest vote counts advance to the general election
  • General Election
    • Ranked Choice Voting: a general election ballot using a ranked choice layout allowing, but not requiring, voters to rank their candidate choices from 1 to 4
    • Majority winner: the winner of the general election must receive a majority of the general election votes using

2. Ballot Access Reform

Stop political insiders favored backroom approaches to ballot access by eliminating caucuses and requiring all candidates to petition onto the ballot

  • Provide equal access to the ballot
  • Allow independent voters to sign candidate petitions
  • Require UOCAVA and differently abled voters accessible petition method

3. Vacancy Committee Reform

Remove the undemocratic process – vacancy committee appointments – that has given nearly a third of the current members of Colorado’s General Assembly their first “elected” seat in the legislature.

  • Eliminating the use of vacancy committee appointments for filling vacancies in the state’s General Assembly
  • Require all General Assembly vacancies to be filled by a majority vote using instant runoff voting.

Timeline

Multiple constitutional and statutory initiatives to implement the aforementioned policies are moving through the Title Board process. These initiatives are proposed for the November 2024 General Election ballot and, if passed, would be implemented for
the 2026 General Election.