We support increasing voter participation by passing two propositions on Colorado’s 2016 ballot:
Restore Colorado’s presidential primary election, last held in 2000.
Open primary elections to Colorado’s 1.3 million unaffiliated voters.
Boulder Daily Camera Editorial: Yes on Props 107 and 108
"Props 107 and 108 are a smart, constructive step ...We urge all Colorado voters to emulate the bipartisan spirit of the state's elder statesmen and approve these measures."
Vote “yes” on Propositions 107 and 108
"The changes would usher in more engagement, encourage broader and more thoughtful debate and ultimately provide better candidates to entrust with public office."
Props 107 and 108 improve the process
"Our system is broken and can easily be fixed with Propositions 107 and 108. Vote "yes" on both. It is a decision for better candidates, more participation and improved results."
Editorial: Return to primary, open it to all
"Participation in the electoral process is well worth our support..."
Vote yes on 107, 108
"Two closely related ballot initiatives that are good for the health of our democracy..."
"Democrats and Republicans will benefit by offering candidates more palatable to the electorate at large."
". In their own ways, they each would allow for greater participation by voters in the democratic proces."
WHY IT MATTERS
IT’S INCLUSIVETurnout in primaries in Colorado is low – roughly 1 in 5 Colorado voters in 2014 picked candidates to run in November – and we need more people involved if we want the best candidate options.
IT’S RIGHTMore than a third (37%) of Colorado voters are unaffiliated. It’s not right to exclude more than 1.3 million Coloradans from our primary elections.
IT’S FAIRFreedom and independence are core Colorado values. Because all taxpayers pay for elections, it’s not fair to force voters who want to be independent to join a political party just to have their voices heard.
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