A secret ballot system at Colorado’s statehouse is quietly killing bills and raising transparency concerns

KUNC: Democrats who control the state legislature are increasingly using a survey they fill out in secret to help determine whether bills live or die. The results are kept from the public, raising questions about transparency and potential violations of the state’s sunshine law.

Each April, lawmakers click on a personalized link to the anonymous survey. They then use digital tokens to vote for the bills they think should get a piece of the budget each year.

They have four days to cast their votes for their top priorities, and party leaders end up with a bar chart showing how popular bills are.

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