Voices & Choices

What’s happening in Democracy (12-15-edition)

 What’s happening in Democracy (12-15-edition)

Getting the word out about RCV, Albuquerque Journal (Dec. 15, 2017)

News story about the city’s plan to get voters comfortable about voting in a ranked choice voting election.

Let’s call this election confused, Santa Fe New Mexican (Dec. 14, 2017)

Editorial about the city’s ranked choice voting election being six weeks away and how the city needs to concentrate on ensuring the election runs smoothly.

State Board of Elections Official Says City Must Move to Instant Runoff Voting, Gotham Gazette (Dec. 14, 2017)

News story: Douglas Kellner, Democratic co-chair of the New York State Board of Elections calls on the NYC Council to quickly implement instant runoff voting.

Elections chief: Automatic recount unlikely in Alabama race, Associated Press (Dec. 13, 2017)

News story from the Associated Press about a possible recount in the senate race in Alabama won by Doug Jones that cites FairVote data.

This story was picked up in theWashington Post,U.S. News and World Report and several hundred other news outlets.

Ranked-choice voting effort is still alive, and needs your help, Portland Press Herald (Dec. 13, 2017)

Letter to the editor: “The people’s veto initiative needs approximately 25,000 more validated signatures by Feb. 1 in order to collect the 61,123 signatures needed for this vote to appear on the June 2018 primary ballot.”

Ed Lee, San Francisco Mayor, Dies at 65, The New York Times (Dec. 12, 2017)

New story on the passing of Mayor Ed Lee, a well respected lawyer and first Asian-American elected as mayor of San Francisco died early Tuesday, December 12. He won two ranked choice voting elections in 2011 and 2015.

Our Presidential Nomination Process Is an Embarrassing Mess, National Review (Dec. 11, 2017)

Op-ed: Jay Cost suggests that Instant-runoff elections can be one of the ways to handle the problem.

Porter & Gehl on Politics: In their own words, Huffpost (Dec. 11, 2017)

Q & A: Harvard Professor Michael Porter and business executive and political innovation activist Katherine Gehl sat down with Kenneth Zauderer to discuss the findings of their report, “Why Competition in the Politics Industry is Failing America,” One of the solutions mentioned is ranked choice voting.

Ranked-Choice Voting Supporters collect petition signatures in Brewer, WABI TV (Brewer, ME) Dec. 10, 2017

TV segment: Ranked choice voting supporters went door to door to collect petition signatures in hopes of a referendum do-over.

A runoff after ranked choice? Mayor proposes ordinance, Santa Fe New Mexican (Dec. 8, 2017)

News story about a proposed “runoff election” occurring after ranked choice voting. FairVote’s Rob Richie said the proposed “runoff after a runoff” ordinance would misinterpret the majority stipulation in the city charter.

Let’s stop voting for the lesser of the two evils, Civil Beat, Honolulu, HI (Dec. 8, 2017)

Op-ed: “Citizens stop participating when they don’t like any of their choices, or when they feel like their participation won’t change anything. With ranked choice voting, each voter ranks the candidate in a race.”

SF candidates certified for March vote, Albuquerque Journal (Dec. 8, 2017)

News story: Barring a successful appeal to the state Supreme Court of a district court judge’s decision last week, Santa Fe’s 2018 municipal election will be the first in New Mexico conducted by use of the ranked-choice method of voting.

RCV goes to ballot, term-limit change may join it, Memphis Daily News (Dec. 7 2017)

News story: Memphis City Council members gave final approval Tuesday, Dec. 5, to a November 2018 referendum that would repeal the use of RCV in some city council races starting with 2019 city elections. The final vote on the matter was opposed by a vocal presence at City Hall.

Memphis Officials Betray the Will of Voters, Independent Voter Network (Dec. 7, 2017)

Blog: IVN picks up Rich Robinson’s piece from FairVote’s “Voices and Choices” blog about the city council action in Memphis.

Santa Fe Voting Proposal allows for ranking all candidates, Santa Fe New Mexican (Dec. 6, 2017)

News item: “A draft ordinance laying out a new voting process for Santa Fe municipal elections, sponsored by Mayor Javier Gonzales, would allow city voters to rank “all choices” appearing on the ballot. City councilors will deliberate on the proposal at a public hearing Dec. 20.”

Santa Clara: Councilwoman steps down to battle cancer ahead of district elections vote, The San Jose Mercury News (Dec. 6, 2017)

News story: “The council also accepted a recommendation to adopt a “ranked choice voting” system in 2020. Instead of the candidate with the most votes winning an election, voters rank candidates on their ballot in order of preference.”

Want ranked-choice voting? Elect candidates who will support a constitutional amendment, Portland Press Herald (Dec. 5, 2017)

Op-ed: Cathy Breen and Shenna Bellows write about the fate of ranked choice voting with the Maine Legislature and urges citizens to support election reform by asking candidates if they would support a constitutional amendment for RCV.

City to pursue dual track on ranked choice voting, Santa Fe New Mexican (Dec. 4, 2017)

News story: There will be a public hearing on an ordinance that would establish ranked choice voting on Dec. 20. It is expected to resolve lingering questions regarding ranked choice voting and would establish the RCV process.



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