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Colorado Bill for Approval Voting Re-Introduced

Colorado State Senator David Balmer (R-Centennial) and Representative Jonathan Singer (D-Longmont) have again introduced their bill to let county and city governments use Approval Voting. It is HB 1062. They introduced a similar bill a year ago, SB 65, but it didn’t pass.

Approval voting lets voters cast as many votes as they wish for any particular office. In other words, if there are five candidates for one particular office, with one to be elected, a voter can cast, for example, a vote for three of the candidates. Thanks to Jeff Orrok for the news.

7 Responses

  1. Demo Rep

    App.V. should only be for nonpartisan executive/judicial offices.

    P.R. for legislative offices.

  2. Approval voting allows the majority of the voters to win a super-majority of the seats, in multi-winner and single-winner district elections, which will almost guarantee a two-party system.

    The 9th USA Parliament invites and welcomes such voting systems as approval voting to our team which uses pure proportional representation to unite with approval voting activists.

    Are you interested in pure proportional representation (PR)?

    The 9th USA Parliament has been using the Saint Lague parliament seat distribution system, ranked choice voting (RCV), Hagenbach-Bischoff method in multi-winner districts of two or more, for 19 consecutive years and it works great!

    Many of our elections offer 100% voter satisfaction by electing all names. In 100-member districts the guaranteed minimum election rate of names is 99% plus 100 votes.

    Through our innovative ranked choice consensus voting system we are able to consider many multiples of choices simultaneously, the more the better, so 100% consensus is achieved in many cases.

    Check out the unity, become a part of the team and bring your ideas to the table. We are so confident in unity that we welcome political entities using other voting systems like approval voting, choice of representation and score voting. We help them set up demonstrations of their voting systems.

    The World Direct Representation Party (choice voting) is one example of the unity we can create with political entities which prefer to use alternative voting systems:
    http://www.allpartysystem.com/ib-drp.shtml

  3. > Approval voting allows the majority of the voters to win a super-majority of the seats, in multi-winner and single-winner district elections, which will almost guarantee a two-party system.

    You’re thinking in a Plurality Voting mindset. More realistically, you’ll have something like this:

    35% Democrat > Independent > Republican
    33% Republican > Independent > Democrat
    32% Independent > everyone else

    Approval Voting will tend to elect centrists, because they’ll get a lot of compromise/second votes from the partisan flanks, who would rather have a centrist than risk a winner from the other party. So this will be a boon to independents and even moderate third parties.

    Approval Voting makes party affiliation relatively insignificant, since you don’t need to worry about a candidate’s electability to feel safe voting for that candidate. Therefore we expect it will erode two-party domination, not bolster it.

    • Clay, approval voting is simply not a proportional representation system. If you want proportional representation, then fight for proportional representation.

      If you invest time in money into a mathematically non-proportional system, then you’re most likely not going to help the cause of pure proportional representation.

      The team needs every resource focused on the team’s plan and one vote is a potential tie-breaker for the teams success.

      The 9th USA Parliament has been using pure proportional representation since 1995 and it works great! Why do you THINK they called it Google?

      Check out what the Sainte-Lague parliament seat distribution system, ranked choice voting(RCV), Hagnebach-Bischoff method in multi-winner districts of two or more only will do and sign up today!

      Now accepting nominations for Worker BoDs and Donor BoDs on the All Party System Co. and USA Parliament nominations start on February 1st, 2014.

      Every vote kept as proof since August 6th, 1995:
      http://www.allpartysystem.com
      http://www.usparliament.org

      • David

        I don’t think Clay is saying he wants proportional representation. Empowering the “middle majority” to actually elect centrists they like is not the same as PR.

        AP is mathematically demonstrable (c.f. Brams) as the most accurate way to measure true voter sentiment. The espousal of any other system is the result of either a lack of understanding about the mathematics, or a hidden agenda to empower a particular faction.

  4. Demo Rep

    Advanced math =
    Condorect Head to Head math
    of test winner(s) versus test loser
    others deemed losers.

    All combinations must be done – i.e. computerized votes in any large election.
    Winner in all combinations = Winner
    Loser in all combinations = Loser

    Approval Voting tiebreaker when having both winner and loser combinations.
    i.e. Vote using numbers 1, 2, 3, etc. [RELATIVE support] AND YES / NO [default] [ABSOLUTE support – as in ballot questions].

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