DO YOU WANT TO SAVE OUR DEMOCRACY?
YOU CAN START BY DEFENDING IT LOCALLY, HERE IN SANTA FE!
FAIRVOTE NEW MEXICO NEEDS YOUR HELP!
WHAT IS RANKED CHOICE VOTING?
Ranked Choice Voting (RCV) is a simple, yet powerful change we can make to give voters a stronger voice in our elections. Voters are given the freedom to rank candidates in order of choice--first, second, and third, instead of just picking one. All first choices are counted, and if a candidate has a majority, then they win, just like any other election. However, if nobody has a majority, the candidate with the fewest votes is eliminated, and those voters have their ballot instantly count for their next choice. This process continues until a candidate receives a majority of votes, and is declared the winner. Ranked Choice Voting promotes fairness, eliminates the split-vote, and foster civil elections.
WHAT IS HAPPENING IN SANTA FE?
In 2008, Ranked Choice Voting was approved by Santa Fe Voters. However, RCV has not been implemented because the adequate voting equipment has not been available, UNTIL NOW. We now have a chance to ensure that our next municipal elections are run with Ranked Choice Voting, as per the will of the voters! By implementing RCV in Santa Fe, New Mexico will be joining states like California, Colorado, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, and Minnesota that have cities using Ranked Choice Voting.
The city clerk needs to make a decision within the next few weeks whether she will run a RCV election next March. She will be putting the issue to the City Council for discussion next Wednesday, June 28th.
It is important that Council members from all districts know that Santa Fe voters are ready for Ranked Choice Voting implementation, and aware that there is no reason to postpone implementation given the fact that the adequate voting equipment is available.
WHO TO CONTACT?
You can call your city council members by phone between now and Wednesday June 28th. You can also call the Mayor’s office. Additionally, it would be great if you can show up to City Council next Wednesday June 28th for public comment (Agenda for the meeting will be coming out this Friday. Once that is out we can let you know what time to show up that evening).
WHAT TO SAY?
When you call your council member, whether you reach them directly or reach their voice mail, you can say something like this (A similar message can be shared with the Mayor’s office):
My name is ___________ and I live in your district. I am calling today to ask you to support the implementation of Ranked Choice Voting for our next municipal elections. Santa Fe voters approved Ranked Choice Voting in 2008. It hasn’t been implemented yet because the adequate voting equipment hasn’t been available. Now the equipment is available and it will be ready to run a Ranked Choice Voting election. There is no reason why the city should not honor the voters’ will for our next election. We want fairer and more civil elections. Please support Ranked Choice Voting when the issue comes up for discussion at City Council meetings!
Thank you so much!
Councilor Villarreal (505) 955-2345
Councilor Lindell (505) 955 6812
Councilor Maestas (505) 955-6815
Councilor Ives (505) 955-6816
Councilor Dominguez (505) 955-6814
Councilor Rivera (505) 955-6818
Councilor Trujillo (505) 955-6811
Councilor Harris (505) 955-6817
Mayor Gonzales (505) 955-6590