Let Colorado Vote 2016 is dedicated to pursuing policies to increase voter engagement and participation in Colorado. We are considering ways to increase voter participation in Colorado and will ask voters this fall to approve two ballot initiatives:
- Prop 107, which would restore Colorado’s presidential primary election, last held in 2000.
- Prop 108, which would open primary elections to Colorado’s 1.3 million unaffiliated voters.
In recent years, Colorado voters have been almost evenly divided between Republicans, Democrats and independents, with each comprising about a third of the electorate. More recent voter registration data signal a changing landscape, however. Independents now make up 37 percent of registered voters, with Republicans and Democrats each tallying 31 percent.
Colorado leads the nation in the growth of independent voters since 2008, and young people are leading the way. Two-thirds of newly registered voters chose not to join a party in 2014, and nearly half of the voters age 40 and under in Colorado are unaffiliated.
Join us in passing these measures to encourage participation in the election process, rather than closing the door to the largest group of voters in our state.