How Can We Increase Participation in Primary Elections?

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Today, 1 million (37%) of Colorado’s voters are unaffiliated.

67% of newly registered voters are choosing not to join a political party.

But, by law, unaffiliated voters cannot participate in taxpayer-funded primary elections.

How can we make sure that more voters participate in our democracy?

What Would You Do To Make a #betterCO?

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Why are primary elections so important?

Due to a variety of factors, many races are decided during the primary election and not during the general election in November.

Put another way, in many legislative and congressional districts, members of the majority party determine who gets elected during the primary -- well before all voters get to participate.

This can mean that a majority of voters don’t matter in many elections as the winning candidates are really decided during the primary.

What would you do to make primary elections more inclusive?

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What happens when elections are limited to partisans?

In many districts, candidates who win their primary almost assuredly win the general election, meaning they need only to talk to their partisan base to get or to stay elected.

This can result in representatives who are accountable to only the most active partisan voters in their party, and not the majority of voters in their district. It’s a system that can encourage the extremes instead of rewarding compromise.

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What Would You Do to Build a Better Colorado?

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What do you think? It’s your turn to join the conversation about possible solutions to make Colorado better.

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