Posted by Michelle Whittaker on January 12, 2017 at 3:04 PM
At FairVote, we are absolutely thrilled to see the New Year’s momentum and energy behind voting reform. Last year we supported local advocates to boost two major wins for ranked choice voting (RCV), including a historic win in Maine. In 2018 Maine will become the first state in the nation to use RCV for all its U.S Senate, U.S. House, gubernatorial, and state legislative elections. Now we’re working with allies to create similar opportunities across the country for RCV, preparing for trailblazing legislation on the Fair Representation Act for Congress, and providing support to the team at National Popular Vote.
With opportunity in abundance, we need your help to capitalize and truly move the ball forward for reform in 2017 and beyond. We've starting off the year strong already:
Nearly 2,500 people have signed our petition supporting ranked choice voting in American elections.
More than 300 people have joined our google group to connect and collaborate on ways to bring RCV to their communities.
Maine lights a way to a better democracy – one where people are more likely to find candidates to vote for enthusiastically, positive campaigns are rewarded, voters have real choices and ultimately a government that is more responsive and effective. Last year bills that would advance RCV were introduced in 13 states and we anticipate more bills this year. The outreach team here at FairVote is fired up and ready to work with all of you to ensure that we keep this momentum going. If you are looking for more ways that you can get involved, visit our list of 11 actions you can take today to advance this cause.
As always, stay tuned to our blog and social media outlets for timely analysis of voting methods and elections. Beginning this month, we’ll be doing in-depth coverage of the Academy Awards, which uses ranked choice voting to select all its major nominees (with the fair representation form of RCV) and the Best Picture winner. Check out our introductory blog post to the series.
The hard work to ensure progress in 2017 and beyond has already begun, and we’re excited to have you on board helping us.
Deputy Director of Outreach