Colorado voters will have an opportunity to bring back the presidential primary and open the primary process to unaffiliated voters.
The Colorado Secretary of State’s Office said Wednesday that two initiatives from the “Let Colorado Vote” campaign have enough valid signatures to appear on the November ballot.
Initiative 98 would let voters participate in primaries for local and statewide offices without declaring themselves to be Republicans or Democrats. The parties would still control the process for choosing candidates for the primaries and could use a state convention or assembly instead of a primary if 75 percent of the party’s central committee agrees.
Initiative 140 would replace party caucuses with a presidential primary to be held before the end of March in presidential election years. Unaffiliated voters could participate in these elections, as well.
Both measures change state law but don’t amend the constitution.
Initiative 98 had an estimated 108,490 valid signatures, based on a five percent sample, and Initiative 140 had 109,715. They needed 98,492 valid signatures each.
You can see what else made the ballot and what’s still pending here.