On March 9, Arkansas Governor Mike Beebe signed legislation requiring instant runoff ballots for all overseas absentee voters. This is an expansion of the state's successful use of ranked ballots to ensure overseas military voters' ballots are counted. The bill was approved unanimously by both houses of the legislature.
Springfield, IL, also has the opportunity to use instant runoff ballots to protect overseas voters. The city council has placed a measure for instant runoff ballots on the April 17 ballot. This measure has received support from the mayor and the county election administrator.
[ Why IRV is needed for military and overseas voters ]
[ Press Release from the Arkansas Secretary of State ]
[ Learn about the Springfield campaign at www.IncludeEveryVoter.org ]
[ Read the Arkansas law ]