Colorado Independent Voters can challenge the broken partisan duopoly and demand an equally meaningful voice in Colorado politics.
Independent voters come from across the ideological spectrum but have the shared, fundamental belief that elections should benefit voters - not the political parties. We believe that granting Colorado independent voters more voice in the process and equal treatment in the legislature will bring greater participation and spur greater competition among candidates vying for support from all voters.
With Let Colorado Vote's leadership, Colorado's semi-open primary reform in 2016 and gerrymandering reform in 2018 have been fantastic systemic improvements and great steps forward to more equitable elections for all voters.
But there is much more work to do:
Ballot access reform so independent candidates can equitably qualify to compete for political office.
Equitable fundraising rules so Independent candidates canraise moneylike their partisan opponents.
Implement alternative voting methods - like Ranked Choice Voting or Approval voting - that would spur greater competition, better representation, eliminate "spoiled" voting and force candidates to talk to more voters.
Assure new nonpartisan redistricting reform is properly implemented so parties can't conspire to draw self-interested legislative districts.
Open the debates to more voices than just the Republicans and Democrats so legitimate 3rd party and independent candidates get a chance to speak to voters.
Require independents to be equally represented on state boards and commissions.
Demand independent election judges be equally represented.
Our mission is to educate independent-minded Colorado citizens about their voting rights and to challenge the partisan duopoly when it tries to diminish those rights.
We do not advocate for the election or defeat of any candidate or ballot measure but instead we educate Coloradans to learn as much as they can about the partisan duopoly in Colorado and to seek ways we can fix the broken election system.
CIV was co-founded by Jim Jonas and Kathleen Curry. Jim, a former Republican political consultant, lives in Denver and has been active in national independent candidate and election reform projects for more than a decade. Kathleen, a former Democrat, was an independent member of the Colorado Legislature and is a vocal supporter for expanding voting rights for Colorado independents. She is a business owner in Gunnison.
Want to join us? We're actively recruiting an operating board to grow CIV in 2019. Send us a note and we'll be in touch.
Unite Colorado aims to bridge the growing partisan divide in Denver by electing common sense, independent candidates to the state legislature in 2018. If you want to help elect leaders who put “We, the People” before the political parties and special interests, join us and become a Uniter today!
The National Association of Nonpartisan Reformers is the leading roundtable of individuals and organizations dedicated to fostering a government that is representative of and responsive to the people, and to advancing reforms and causes that increase competition, participation, and accountability in our political system. Colorado Independent Voters is a proud founding member of the National Association of Nonpartisan Reformers.
Voters in cities and states across the country are turning to ranked choice voting to give themselves - and future generations - better election options. FairVote is a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization seeking to make democracy fair, functional, and more representative.
Vote at home is designed to empower voters by letting them decide when, how and where they vote. They don’t have to take time off work, drive to a polling place or stand in long lines. In a full vote-at-home system, all voters receive their ballots by mail automatically and choose how to cast their vote- by returning their ballot by mail, by bringing it to a secure drop-off location, or by voting in-person at a staffed vote center.