This week a bill that would allow “ranked choice voting” in nonpartisan Colorado municipal elections passed the State Affairs Committee, of which I am a member. I voted in favor of this bill, HB21-1071, and it is now on to a second reading in the Assembly.
With ranked choice voting, voters can rank the candidates they like rather than choosing only one. The rules can vary but a simple example, as explained in this New York Times article, is this: In a single-winner election, if no candidate receives a majority of first-choice votes, the last-place candidate is eliminated and those who marked that candidate as No. 1 get their second choice counted instead. That can go on for several rounds until a candidate emerges with a majority.
HB21-1071 would require the Secretary of State’s office to create rules for such a voting system and subsequent procedures. If you have an opinion to share, I’d love to hear from you. Email me at Judy@JudyAmabile.com.