On April 17th 2007, voters in Springfield, IL, approved with 91% of the vote a referendum implementing ranked ballots for overseas absentee voters in local elections. This change ensures men and women in uniform will not be disenfranchised in local elections due to the short time between primary and general elections.
The California Assembly Elections Committee also explored the ranked ballot solution to ensure overseas voters have their votes counted in runoff elections. It approved AB 1662, which authorizes ranked ballots for overseas voters, and AB 1294, which gives local governments the option of using IRV for local elections.
[ Why IRV is needed for overseas absentee voters ]
[ More about the Springfield campaign at www.IncludeEveryVoter.org ]