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HB14-1062: Optional Approval Voting In Nonpartisan Elections

Voting Rights
Bill Number: HB14-1062
Year: 2014
ACLU Position: Active Support
Sponsors: Singer, Balmer


Approval voting is a type of voting that allows an elector to cast a vote for as many of the candidates per office as the elector chooses. The winner of each office is the candidate who receives the most votes or, for elections in which multiple candidates fill open seats, the winners are those candidates, in a number equal to the number of seats being filled, attaining the greatest number of votes. The bill authorizes cities, towns, counties, cities and counties, school districts, and special districts (collectively, local governments) to conduct nonpartisan elections using approval voting methods on and after November 1, 2014. The secretary of state is directed to adopt rules and provide advice to local governments regarding approval voting. County clerk and recorders may decline to coordinate an election if a local government elects to employ approval voting in the election. The bill makes necessary modifications to current law occasioned by the use of approval voting, such as excluding approval voting from the definition of overvote and adjusting provisions prescribing the form of ballots and automatic recount triggers.

Current Status:

03/12/2014 - House Committee on State, Veterans, & Military Affairs Postpone Indefinitely
01/08/2014 - Introduced In House - Assigned to State, Veterans, & Military Affairs

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