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Eureka, CA City Council votes to put ranked choice voting on November ballot

Eureka, CA City Council votes to put ranked choice voting on November ballot

Eureka! Ranked choice voting (RCV) recently struck gold in California as the Eureka, CA city council voted unanimously this week to put the method to a citywide vote in November.

The city council’s 5-0 decision to allow the measure to proceed hopefully bodes well for the method’s chances come November. A majority vote -- more than 50 percent of the electorate's support -- in favor of RCV is needed in the election to amend the city’s charter.

At the meeting, City Councilwoman Natalie Arroyo spoke in favor of RCV. “I like the (inclusive nature) of it,” Arroyo said.

According to The Times Standard, RCV would have made recent city council elections—which featured Mayor Susan Seaman and Councilwoman Leslie Castellano each elected without majority support—“a bit more interesting.”

In other news, this week the Albany, California city council also moved closer to getting RCV on the November ballot after a preliminary vote indicated support for the method.

The fact that these local municipalities in California are looking to expand RCV illustrates that recent popular support for RCV is not a flash in the pan; rather, it is indicative of a firm groundswell of enthusiasm for the method. We are excited to see this growth, and will keep you updated as we learn more.

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