It’s official: Colorado voters have chosen to make the state’s primary elections more fair and inclusive.
The approval of both Propositions 107 and 108 has ensured that more than 1 million unaffiliated voters will now have the ability to participate in primaries.
“This is a big win for democracy in Colorado. By passing both propositions 107 and 108, Colorado’s voters have proven once again the wisdom of government of the people, by the people and for the people,” said Campaign Chairman Kent Thiry.
The newly approved presidential primary also enfranchises those who were left out by the caucus system: military service members, the disabled, working people, and families with young children. They will now have weeks to cast their ballot for presidential primary races in Colorado from the privacy of their own homes.
“Our hope as a business community is that by engaging all Coloradans in elections we will get back to rewarding elected officials who work together, compromise and find solutions to move our state forward,” said Kelly Brough, President and CEO of the Denver Metro Chamber of Commerce. “Democracy and Colorado work best when everyone is engaged and we look forward to the progress our state will make because of this important reform.”
Tonight’s results were a direct result of thousands of Coloradans who came together to work on the issue.
“I want to express my deepest gratitude to the campaign board, staff, our volunteers and all of our supporters who have made these wins tonight possible,” said Let Colorado Vote campaign manager Jesse Hassinger. “Colorado has a history of valuing participation in the election process, and tonight’s results continue the trend.”