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  [CO] Ranked-choice voting legislation clears committee on party-line vote
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News DateTuesday, February 23, 2021 12:00:00 AM UTC0:0
DescriptionA host of advocates, organizations and elected officials past and present testified Monday in support of legislation seeking to increase access to ranked-choice voting at the local level as the bill cleared committee on a party lines.

But while the measure won support from the Colorado Municipal Clerks Association, the League of Women Voters and the Colorado Municipal League, among others, it received strong pushback from El Paso County Clerk and Recorder Chuck Broerman.

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The bill from Rep. Chris Kennedy, a Lakewood Democrat who chairs the House State, Civic, Military and Veterans Affairs Committee, would allow cities who opt in to instant runoff elections to continue to have their county clerks administer their elections. The bill also features Rep. Jeni Arndt, D-Fort Collins, and Senate Majority Leader Steve Fenberg, D-Boulder, as sponsors.

The ranked-choice voting system as a whole drew widespread support from the witnesses testifying before Kennedy’s panel. But several — including Matt Benjamin, who last year led a successful Boulder charter amendment to use ranked-choice voting in the city’s mayoral election starting in 2023 — said Kennedy’s bill was more broadly about local control.
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