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Approval Voting – Free the Vote

“I like them, but I don’t think they can win.” Sound familiar? We’re working to build a grassroots coalition to end the occurrence of voting for the lesser of two evils. Approval voting is a simple, affordable way to vote that will help make our elections more representative and less polarizing. Voters simply select every candidate they like, rather than just one, and the candidate with the most votes wins. This helps our elections have better outcomes where your voice is heard.

Simple and Cheap

Approval voting requires minimal change to the ballots. Instead of ballot instructions saying “Choose ONE”. Under approval voting, it would say “Choose ONE or MORE”. This is compatible with current voting software and machines, mail-in voting, and even hand-tabulation.

No Spoilers or Wasted Votes

Our choose-one voting system often makes us feel forced to choose between the lesser-of-two-evils. Voters learn to not choose their favorites out of fear of helping their least favorite win. Approval Voting is the simplest way to address Spoilers and The Center Squeeze.

Supported by Election Officials

All 29 county clerks in Utah have come out in support of approval voting. The clerks have voiced their support not only due to the simplicity and cost-effective nature of approval voting but also because it has an audit trail they are comfortable with.

Broad Support

We have seen cross-partisan and independent support for approval voting from the legislature, our coalition of partners, and our grassroots base across the state.

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