Democrats may stop using ‘secret ballot’ system to plan legislation in Colorado Senate as conservatives sue

Colorado Public Radio: A conservative group has filed a lawsuit accusing Democrats in the statehouse of breaking the state’s open meeting law each year as they plan out Colorado’s state budget — and the move already has Senate Democrats saying they’ll change their approach.

Democratic lawmakers used an anonymous voting system in 2022 and 2023 to make preliminary plans as a group about how to spend tax money and which laws to pass.

Advance Colorado, a conservative group that tries to influence state policy through ballot measures and lawsuits, on Wednesday filed the suit, which seeks to block the semi-secretive planning process. Democrats are using the “secret ballot” system, also known as the “quadratic voting” system, to keep their party’s political debates behind closed doors, the lawsuit alleges.

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