As most Colorado voters know, their state has become one of the most highly sought prizes in presidential politics, attracting far more attention (and spending) than its population would seem to warrant. And what was true in the last few election cycles isn’t about to change in 2016. So long as Colorado remains decidedly purple in its outlook, it will stay a key swing state. Unfortunately, the attention occurs only after the parties’ respective candidates are selected. In the run-up to the nominations, Colorado is almost an afterthought both in terms of campaign and national media attention, thanks in large part to this state’s antiquated caucus system.
Fortunately, some lawmakers are reportedly poised to tackle the caucus system in the waning days of the session and create a presidential primary to boost Colorado’s influence.
We’ve long supported moving back to a presidential primary (the state held them in 1992, 1996 and 2000) as a way to enhance Colorado’s impact and, more importantly, increase voter participation.