Background: Our current plurality voting method works well when there are only two candidates for one position. However, when there are more candidates, plurality voting limits the voice of the voter.
There are two main categories of more expressive voting methods:
No voting method is perfect. Each has its strengths and weaknesses. For instance, except for the absence of a voting method (aka a dictatorship), plurality is probably the simplest method to understand and implement.
Which criteria do you think are most important?
At our consensus meetings, we'll discuss the impact of voting methods on
1) tactical vs honest voting,We will drill down into specific criteria within each of the three broad categories.
2) improving the election experience and voter turnout, and
3) ease of implementation and acceptance by voters.
For further background, we hope that you will also be able to attend the earlier More Choices for Voters educational events on February 2nd and 21st.
Our February 2nd speaker, Rob Richie, represents Fair Vote which is the primary organizational proponent of instant-runoff voting (IRV) for single-winner elections and its multi-winner version called single-transferable vote (STV).
(Did you know? STV was used to elect the Boulder City Council from 1917 to 1947.)
On Feb 21st, State Representative Jonathan Singer, a sponsor of approval voting bills, plans to join us along with Neal McBurnett, a board member of the Center for Election Science; the Center wants us all to make smarter collective decisions and favors approval voting, the method currently used in CU-Boulder's student government elections.
Our state's history is replete with examples of alternative voting methods. In addition to the CU-Boulder and Boulder City Council examples above, Bucklin voting (aka the Grand Junction method) was used in many jurisdictions in the early 20th century. Basalt and Telluride currently use IRV. Aspen tried IRV in 2009 and repealed it in 2010. In 2011 Fort Collins voters rejected a proposal to adopt IRV. In 2016 an Approval Voting Party ran a presidential candidate in Colorado.
Watch this space for news on how to participate.
The Colorado Secretary of State will be posting VRD information here.