FairVote tracks bills in state legislatures that move electoral reforms like ranked choice voting forward. First, show your support to help bring ranked choice voting to cities and states across the country by signing our petition. You can use this tool from Open States to find out who your state legislators are and ask them to support these laws if they are still pending. Let us know how they respond. We also invite ranked choice voting supporters to connect in our Google Group, where activists are organizing at the local and state level to advance ranked choice voting in their communities. If you're ready to take that next step forward and get involved immediately to bring RCV to your community at the local or state level, take a look at our Activist Toolkit.
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The following list and map summarize bills that would expand the use of ranked choice voting in the United States, organized by state. This list will be updated throughout 2018 as more bills are introduced.
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The documents below are templates for letters that ranked choice supporters can send to legislators in their state. The first letter asks that a bill advancing ranked choice voting be introduced, while the rest refer to specific states where bills have already been introduced.
This testimony was delivered and drafted by FairVote Action in support of ranked choice voting legislation in states across the country.
Maryland: Testimony on Behalf of House Bill 173
Rhode Island: Testimony for Behalf of Special Legislative Commission
Rhode Island: Testimony on Behalf of House Joint Resolution 7338
Virginia: Testimony on Behalf of House Bill 932
Virginia: Testimony on Behalf of House Bill 553
New York City activists and elected officials joined together to call on the Mayoral Charter Revision Commission to implement instant runoff voting (IRV), also known as ranked choice voting. Mayor Bill de Blasio announced during his annual State of the City that the Mayoral Charter Revision Commission would be focusing on campaign finance reform, as well as voting reform, and held its first meeting last week. The commission has the power to include IRV as a charter amendment on the November ballot.
Elected Officials, Advocates Push for Instant Runoff Voting, Gotham Gazette
Lawmakers Call on Charter Commission Support For IRV, Kings County Politics
New Yorkers Could Rank Choices For Mayor Under This Plan, New York City Patch
Pols back new runoff vote plan, PressReader
City pols pushing for instant runoff voting ahead of fall election, New York Daily News
Mayor's Charter Revision Commission Hears Testimony in Manhattan, Gotham Gazette
Brooklynites Testify at Charter Revision Commission Hearing, Gotham Gazette
City officials call for instant runoff voting in New York, FairVote blog
(NYC Campaign Finance Board contest uses online RCV ballot)
2016: New York City Includes RCV in State Legislative Agenda
(Formal support by city council)
2016: NYC Comptroller Calls for Electoral Reform, Includes Instant Runoff Voting
(Scott Stringer support)
2016: State Senate Bill S4586A
(Bill on RCV for New York city passes state senate)
2013: Proposal for New York: Instant Runoff Voting
(Citizens Union letter to New York Times)
2013: Post-Election Report - New York City Campaign Finance Board
(Campaign Finance Board recommends instant runoff voting
2013: High Cost Runoff For Public Advocate’s Post Prompts Call for Reform
(New York Times story features quotes from Kavanagh, Citizens Union)
2013: City Council Tries For Runoff Reform In Final Stretch
(Gotham Gazette features quotes from Common Cause, Kavanagh)
2010: Instant Runoff in New York?
(Article on state senate passage of Sen. Krueger legislation passing senate)
2010: Instant Runoff Voting is Under Review
(Wall Street Journal on charter commission staff report recommending RCV /
final report suggested it as well)
2008: Roadmap to Ranked Choice Voting in New York