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2019 was Good for RCV--Will 2020 be Better?

2019 was Good for RCV--Will 2020 be Better?

This November, 11 cities in 8 states will use ranked choice voting to elect their local governments. Between those elections, Maine’s historic adoption of RCV for presidential elections, and the use of RCV in next year’s Democratic presidential primaries, 2019 has been a landmark year for RCV -- and the momentum is continuing into 2020. 

In October, Pennsylvania state senator Anthony Williams introduced SB 894, a bill that would give cities and towns in the state the option to adopt RCV for their local elections. Having run for mayor of Philadelphia earlier this year, Senator Williams concluded that a single election with RCV would be an improvement on the primary-general election cycles currently used in the state.

Pennsylvania is just the latest state to consider RCV. Illinois may join Maine in using RCV for presidential elections with Sen. Laura Murphy’s recent introduction of the Ranked Choice Voting for President Act (SB 2267). In Massachusetts, activists with Voter Choice Massachusetts are gathering signatures for a ballot measure to bring RCV to statewide elections. On the other side of the continent, a judge in Alaska recently granted a green light to a ballot measure sponsored by Alaskans for Better Elections that would adopt RCV, open primaries, and restrictions on dark money. FairVote expects more bills to be introduced as more state legislatures go into session. 

These bills join the two bills currently in the U.S. House of Representatives, the Fair Representation Act and the Ranked Choice Voting Act, in attempting to bring RCV to Congressional elections. The day isn’t far away when RCV is the nationwide standard for all elections.


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