Posted by Emily Risch on May 10, 2019 at 4:59 PM
Electoral reform is on its way!
Coming off 2018 wins and implementations in Maine, New Mexico, Massachusetts, Minnesota and Utah, momentum for ranked choice voting continues to grow, with editorials and articles in support of RCV published nearly every day.
We’ve had progress nationally, in states, and at the local level. Congress will soon have a comprehensive RCV bill, and there’s exciting news for ranked ballots in the 2020 presidential race. We’re also seeing new chances for winning statewide ballot measures in 2020.
To help make sure this progress continues, please join us for a week of action June 23-30, where activists from across the country will host house parties, beer/ice cream ranking events, Living Room Conversations about RCV, and debate watch parties. More details to come.
Whether it’s calling your local legislator to ask them about RCV, sharing our social media posts, or attending an event, there’s an action for everyone interested in helping realize the promise of democracy.
The Democratic presidential field continues to swell with the official count of candidates now at 22. And while more competition should be a good thing, the limits of a single choice are obvious. If you want to experience RCV, take our latest poll.
Dave Daley and I wrote in RealClearPolitics, the latest delegate selection plans show a full use of RCV for party-run primaries in Alaska, Hawaii and Kansas, while early voters in Iowa and Nevada will also cast RCV ballots to determine delegates. Other states may still act as well - and expect many more from both major parties by 2024.
On the local front, RCV continues to earn support in cities and states coast-to-coast. Payson and Vineyard are working with Utah RCV to prepare for their debut RCV elections this fall. New York City is buzzing with potential for RCV after a positive recommendation in the Charter Revision Commission staff report. While falling just shy of a green light, Nashville’s city council also considered putting RCV on ballot before deciding to wait until next year, and Albuquerque may decide to enact RCV for use this fall.
Meanwhile, legislators keep backing and debating pro-RCV bills, with bills in 16 statesstill standing. Other noteworthy proposals will have to wait until next year despite drawing strong support from legislators and voters alike, including Hawaii’s bill to establish RCV for congressional vacancies and a Republican-led local options bill in Missouri. Bills still in the mix include expanding RCV to presidential and gubernatorial races in Maine, a local options bill in California, and comprehensive RCV legislation in Massachusetts - with Voter Choice Massachusetts ready to lead a ballot measure campaign in 2020 if need be.
In other news, new, independent research confirms FairVote’s findings on voter understanding of RCV, while also promoting the importance of public education. Of course, media coverage and editorial pieces can also play a key role in understanding and awareness, and we’ve seen plenty of that - from Dave Daley’s op-ed for Democracy Journal to this American Interest piece by Stanford University’s Larry Diamond. The Ranked Choice Voting Resource Center held an important virtual symposium that has been recorded.
For advocates eager to give people a sense of what it’s like to participate in an RCV election, we’re moving forward with an entire rebuild of our Rankit.vote app. Once finished, users will be able to create their own RCV elections on anything from presidential candidates to tacos. If you’re interested in helping test the early stages of the rebuild, sign up here.
President and CEO of FairVote