LETTER: Affiliate with Approval Voting Party


EDITOR: The Approval Voting Party advocates the adoption of approval voting, a simple voting method that allows voters to choose any number of candidates for a given office. “Check all the candidates yeah or nay. The most yeahs win at the end of the day.”

The candidate with the broadest appeal wins. Approval voting discourages negative campaigning and political extremism.

Under the current system, popular candidates sometimes lose when a minor candidate draws some votes away from them. Approval Voting resolves this by allowing supporters of alternative candidates to also support a more electable frontrunner as a compromise.

I was the Approval Voting Party candidate for President in 2016. In 2018, Blake Huber was the Approval Voting Party’s candidate for Secretary of State. Blake was the only “unaffiliated” candidate who successfully petitioned onto Colorado’s statewide ballot in 2018. His petition drive gave Colorado residents the option to affiliate with the Approval Voting Party on their voter registration.

Colorado recently passed legislation obstructing independent candidates from petitioning onto the ballot. However, if one thousand voters affiliate with the Approval Voting Party on their voter registration by April 1, 2020, the Approval Voting Party will qualify as a recognized minor party in Colorado, legally authorized to nominate candidates by party convention. As of May 1, 648 active Colorado voters were affiliated with the Approval Voting Party.

Express your support for a more sensible voting system by changing your political party affiliation to the Approval Voting Party.

For more information, see: www.facebook.com/groups/Approvalvoting/

— Frank Atwood, Chairperson, Approval Voting Party, via [email protected]