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1-7-1002. Ranked voting methods – report – definitions

Overview of Statute

A local government, defined as either a city, town, or special district, may conduct an election using a ranked voting method if the charter of the local government permits its use and the governing body approves the necessary procedure.


(1) As used in this part 10, unless the context otherwise requires, “local government” means a statutory city or town or a special district created pursuant to article 1 of title 32, C.R.S.

(2) A local government may conduct an election using a ranked voting method if:

(a) The use of the ranked voting method in the local government is not prohibited by the charter of the local government; and

(b) The election is conducted with a system of casting, recording, and tabulating votes that is capable of conducting the election using ranked voting and that has been approved by the governing body and the designated election official of the local government.

(3) The secretary of state shall submit a report to the state, veterans, and military affairs committees, or any successor committees, of the house of representatives and the senate no later than February 15, 2011, that includes, but is not limited to:

(a) An assessment of all elections conducted using ranked voting methods by local governments in accordance with this part 10 and by home rule cities or cities and counties in accordance with their charters from August 5, 2008, through the general election of November 2010;

(b) Recommendations for changes to statutes, rules, and local voting procedures that would be required to implement ranked voting as a permanent alternative election method for state, federal, and local special and general elections;

(c) An inventory of available election equipment necessary for conducting elections using ranked voting methods, including the costs associated with the equipment; and

(d) Any recommendations made by the designated election officials of local governments that conducted an election using a ranked voting method.

Source: L. 2008: Entire part added, p. 1249, § 2, effective August 5.

Definition [Designated election official]

The secretary of state, a county clerk and recorder, or other election official as provided by article XXI of the state constitution. C.R.S. § 1-12-100.5.

Definition [State]

A state of the United States, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, the United States Virgin Islands, or any territory or insular possession subject to the jurisdiction of the United States. C.R.S. § 1-8.3-102.

Definition [Title]

A brief statement that fairly and accurately represents the true intent and meaning of the proposed text of the initiative.

Definition [Election]

Any election under the “Uniform Election Code of 1992” or the “Colorado Municipal Election Code of 1965”, article 10 of title 31, C.R.S. C.R.S. § 1-7.5-103.

Definition [Secretary]

The Colorado secretary of state. C.R.S. § 1-1.5-102.

Definition [Committee]

The committee of signers described in section 1-12-108(2). C.R.S. § 1-12-100.5.

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