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Utah Legislature takes first step toward ranked choice voting for municipalities

Utah Legislature takes first step toward ranked choice voting for municipalities

In Utah this week, HB 35, the Municipal Alternate Voting Methods Pilot Project bill overwhelmingly passed, 64-2 (with 9 abstentions). The bipartisan bill would create a pilot project to permit municipalities to conduct nonpartisan races using ranked choice voting.

Sponsored by Rep. Mark K. Roberts (R-67), and co-sponsored by Rep. Rebecca Chavez-Houck (D-24) and Rep. Mike Winder (R-30), the bill now moves on to the state Senate.

Last year, Roberts and Rebecca Chavez-Houck backed, HB349, which would have enacted RCV for nearly all elections in Utah. It passed the House by 59-12, but the senate did not move on it.

Watch this space for more news on these exciting developments in The Beehive State.

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