On March 12, the Colorado House State, Veterans and Military Affairs Committee defeated HB 1062 by 3-8. This is the bill to let local governments use Approval Voting for non-partisan elections. Approval Voting lets a voter vote for as many candidates as desired, even though only one is to be elected.
Three of the four Republicans on the Committee voted for the bill, but one Republican, and all seven Democrats, voted against it. This was somewhat surprising given that the House sponsor is a Democrat, and the ACLU, Common Cause, and the League of Women Voters testified in favor of the bill. The bill was also supported by Colorado’s three ballot-qualified minor parties. Thanks to Jeff Orrok and Frank Atwood for this news.