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Approval Voting Party seeks support

The Approval Voting Party advocates the adoption of approval voting, a simple voting method that allows voters to choose any number of candidates for a given office. “Check all the candidates yeah or nay. The most yeahs win at the end of the day.”

The candidate with the broadest appeal wins. Approval voting discourages negative campaigning and political extremism.

Under the current system, popular candidates sometimes lose when a minor candidate draws some votes away from them. Approval Voting resolves this by allowing supporters of alternative candidates to also support a more electable frontrunner as a compromise.

I was the Approval Voting Party candidate for President in 2016. In 2018, Blake Huber was the Approval Voting Party’s candidate for Secretary of State. Blake was the only “unaffiliated” candidate who successfully petitioned onto Colorado’s statewide ballot in 2018. His petition drive gave Colorado residents the option to affiliate with the Approval Voting Party on their voter registration.

Colorado’s General Assembly passed a bill this year that obstructs independent candidates from petitioning onto the ballot. However, if 1,000 voters affiliate with the Approval Voting Party on their voter registration by April 1, 2020, the Approval Voting Party will qualify as a recognized minor party in Colorado, legally authorized to nominate candidates by party convention. As of Aug. 1, 838 active Colorado voters were affiliated with the Approval Voting Party.

Express your support for a more sensible voting system by changing your political party affiliation to the Approval Voting Party.

For more information, see: www.approvalvotingparty.com

Frank Atwood

Littleton

 

America needs new healthcare system

Last fall I met a retired couple living nearby in an RV. Their daughter had contracted a debilitating disease requiring costly treatments. Although they had healthcare insurance, their daughter did not. Out-of-pocket expenses devoured their savings, their possessions, and finally, their home. Care for the daughter was available, but their insurance company would not approve it, and she passed away. In addition to their deep grief and dire financial suffering, the couple carried a sense of guilt, as if they had failed their child.

A uniquely American scenario.

In America, 62% of bankruptcies are due to medical bills. Over one million Americans go medically bankrupt each year, stacking financial ruin on top of suffering an often life-threatening illness.

These days we hear hard-hearted political discourse designed to protect corporate profiteers and no one else. Well-funded think-tanks pump out anger-stoking messages against “socialist” medical policy, pretending that caring for “the least of these” – what Jesus stood for – is a bad thing. Many uninformed voters, understandably angry at poor healthcare, are ready to blame someone. This think-tank propaganda fools some voters into actually believing that we’re not all “the least of these”.

All other developed countries love their universal healthcare. In 2004, Canada overwhelmingly voted Tommy Douglas, the originator of Canada’s universal healthcare system, to be “The Greatest Canadian”.

America can also have a healthcare system that covers everyone. By removing the profit motive from healthcare, National Improved Medicare for All will cover us all and for less than we’re paying now.

Adele Riffe
Hesperus

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