The passage in November 2016 of Propositions 107 and 108 gave new power to millions of unaffiliated Colorado voters. Prop 107 called for a presidential primary to replace Colorado’s current caucus system for assigning presidential delegates. Perhaps more importantly, both measures gave unaffiliated Colorado voters the right to vote in either Democrat or Republican primary elections. As Colorado NPR explained, “That means they'd be able to pick a presidential candidate for the general election even though they don't belong to a party.”
El Paso County Democrats welcome this change, as it no longer limits primary elections to only registered voters of a respective party. In a political system increasingly beholden to big money and special interests, any effort to encourage the vote is good for democracy, and good for our nation.
Caucuses - as opposed to primaries - are still limited to party members only. Unaffiliated voters may attend/observe Democratic caucuses, but cannot speak or vote.