Colorado Independent Voters: What We're For
Let's end the partisan stranglehold on Colorado's politics.
We believe Colorado elections should be conducted for the benefit of Colorado voters, not the interests of the private political parties.
Thirty-seven percent of Colorado voters are registered Independent/Unaffiliated -- yet we don't enjoy an equal voice in Colorado's elections.
We're the fastest growing voter bloc in the state with more than 47% of new voters choosing to register independent/unaffiliated last year.
Colorado Independent Voters can push back against the broken partisan duopoly and demand an equally meaningful voice for both voters and candidates in Colorado's elections.
We come from across the political spectrum and we are not a political party.
But we are united in the belief that independent candidates and voters should have an equally meaningful voice in Colorado's political process:
- We believe in ballot access reform so that independent candidates can reasonably qualify to compete for political office.
- We believe in primary and general election reform so independent voters can fully participate in public elections. We believe a citizen's right to vote in public elections should never be conditioned on joining a private political party.
- We believe independent candidates should be able to equitably raise campaign funds like their partisan opponents.
- We believe in nonpartisan redistricting reform so that parties can't continue conspiring to control the drawing of self-interested legislative districts.
- We believe in opening the political debates to more voices than just the Republicans and Democrats so that legitimate 3rd party and independent candidates get a chance to participate in debates, too.
- But we don't believe there's a single right answer to fixing the broken election system.
A top-two primary? Ranked choice voting? A common ballot for all voters or perhaps a third primary ballot for independent voters?
We're open to debating the merits of them all. We want to support a variety of reforms that will fundamentally change what elections are about:
The parties believe elections are about the political parties and their narrow interests...
...we believe Colorado elections should be for and about voters.
Colorado Independent Voters is an affiliate of the Independent Voter Project, a national educational 501(c)4 committee based in California. Our mission is to educate all Colorado voters on unaffiliated/voter 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 across the country and to explore ways we can fix the broken election system.
The Latest News & Views for Colorado Independents
Who We Are
Colorado Independent Voters (CIV) supporters come from across the state and from across the political spectrum.
ColoradoIndependentVoters.org is an affiliate of the Independent Voter Project, a national nonprofit 501(c)4 organization. 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 nonpartisan/independent election reform campaigns and 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.
We believe independent candidates and voters should have an equal voice in our democracy
Colorado Independents should have a seat at the political table, a dog in the fight, and a voice in the process when it comes to Colorado campaigns and elections. We believe in one person, one vote... not two parties, no choice.
We believe every voter should be able to participate in elections without having to join a party to do so. Just as the Founders intended and the Constitution makes clear, elections should be for the benefit of voters... not the narrow partisan interests of private political parties.
CO Independent voters are united in wanting to end the partisan stranglehold on politics and elections
Coming from across the state and across the political spectrum, Colorado Independents are NOT interested in starting a new party -- but instead intent on giving ALL Colorado voters an equal and meaningful voice in our representative democracy.
We believe a citizen's right to vote should never be conditioned on having to join a private political party.
Colorado Independent Voters is an affiliate of the Independent Voter Project, a national nonprofit 501(c)4 organization based in California. Our mission is to educate independent and independent-minded voters about their rights and to provide a loud and clear voice to the media and our membership to challenge the parties when they try to diminish those rights. Colorado Independent Voters is recruiting an active membership of unaffiliated/independent minded voters from across Colorado. To join us, to make a donation or to offer suggestions and comment, send an email to email@example.com
At a glance
Colorado Independent Voters: Fast Facts
• Independents make up 37% of all registered voters in Colorado (that's more than one million voters)
• Since 2014, 47% of all new Colorado voters have registered as unaffiliated. Nationally, a recent Gallup survey found that more than 40% of all Americans consider themselves "independent".
• A recent Pew poll found that 80% of Americans don't trust their government -- mostly blaming a polarized, dysfunctional Congress for their lack of trust
• Independents come from across the political spectrum. What unites us is the belief that our right to vote in public elections should not be conditioned on having to join a private party to do so.
Resources for Independent Voters
Democracy functions best when the most people participate
The Independent Voter Project (“IVP”) launched in 2006 with a directive to identify and execute a strategy to reverse the trend toward dysfunction bred by an increasingly polarized politics.
ColoradoIndependentVoters.org is an affiliate of the Independent Voter Project, a nonprofit 501c4 organization.
To create a political environment where non-partisan voters can participate actively and effectively in local, regional, state and federal public policy decisions, regardless of party affiliation.
To provide voters with politically neutral, accurate, and reliable information about important public policy issues and to encourage non-partisan voters to vote and to participate in the democratic process.
- To establish broad public awareness about voters’ non-partisan rights.
- To create a climate for otherwise disenfranchised voters to engage in the process.
- To be innovative in the use of new technologies to share information.
THE PLAN IS SIMPLE. It begins by electing five independent, centrist Senators not beholden to the broken parties who, like you, believe fiscal responsibility, economic opportunity, social tolerance and environmental stewardship should come first.
The Centrist Project is a rapidly growing national force of citizens working to bring real change to real problems. We take the best ideas from both parties and ditch the rest. And, we have a tangible strategy for real change. Learn more at http://centristproject.org
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Voters in cities and states across the country are turning to ranked choice voting to give themselves - and future generations - better options. FairVote is a non-partisan, non-profit organization that seeks to make democracy fair, functional, and more representative. We research and propose common sense changes to strengthen our democracy and ensure all voices are heard and every vote counts in every election.