Both US Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (HI-2) and former Massachusetts Governor Bill Weld announced this week that they are ending their campaigns to earn their parties’ respective nominations for president. Gabbard, a Democrat, and Weld, a Republican, were two of several 2020 presidential candidates who expressed support for ranked choice voting (RCV) during the course of their campaigns, highlighting that RCV is a bipartisan cause.
At a New Hampshire event, Gabbard was asked about eliminating the electoral college and utilizing a ranked voting system for president. She indicated her support for RCV, saying RCV can “make sure our voices are heard accurately and represented through our elections” (see the 30:48 mark in this video.) When Weld, for his part, was asked about RCV at a campaign forum, his response was unwavering and instant: “I love ranked choice voting.”
Notably, Massachusetts, where Weld formerly served as governor, could adopt RCV by the end of 2020. Meanwhile, Hawaii Democrats are using RCV in their presidential primary on April 4th. Tens of thousands of Hawaii Democrats have already mailed in their ballot; any voting for their local congresswoman can now have their ballot count for a backup choice due to RCV.
Gabbard and Weld’s campaigns came to an end this week, but their support for RCV is just one example of how RCV will continue to gain momentum and earn support from across the spectrum in 2020 and beyond.