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Ranked choice voting gains momentum with 13 congressional sponsors on RCV Act

Ranked choice voting gains momentum with 13 congressional sponsors on RCV Act

On October 8, 2019, Representative Barbara Lee (D-CA-13) added her name to the list of Representatives co-sponsoring the Ranked Choice Voting (RCV) Act, bringing the total number of cosponsors to 13 house members.

Representative Lee’s cosponsorship demonstrates an important fact about ranked choice voting: places that use it tend to support expanding it. Rep. Lee’s district includes the cities of Oakland, Berkeley, and San Leandro, all of which use ranked ballots to elect city officers. Other co-sponsors representing cities that have passed RCV include:

  • Rep. Chellie Pingree (D-ME-1, including Portland, Maine), 
  • Rep. Ayanna Pressley (D-MA-9, including Cambridge, Massachusetts), 
  • Rep. Steve Cohen (D-TN-9, including Memphis, Tennessee), and
  • Rep. Jamie Raskin (D-MD-8, including Takoma Park, Maryland).

The RCV Act was just introduced this September to Congress. We expect the bill to gain momentum, with more Congressional co-sponsors and endorsements for the RCV Act to continue. 

To learn more, visit RCVAct.com. You can take action by contacting your U.S. House Member, asking them to support this important legislation that will help improve our U.S. Senate and U.S House elections.

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