Though we didn’t get a definitive ruling on our case, newly appointed first district court Judge Gregory Schaffer looked at our case and found it to be strong:
“A state district judge this week issued an order commanding the city of Santa Fe to use ranked-choice voting in the March municipal election but allowing the city at least one more chance to argue why it isn’t ready to switch to a system approved by voters nearly a decade ago.” (Move to recuse judge clouds ranked choice voting case, Santa Fe New Mexican, 11/9/17)
The city, however, has filed a motion to recuse Judge Shaffer, giving absolutely no reason for doing so. This is clearly a delay tactic. The city is disingenuously just running the clock in a clear insult both to the voters and the judicial process.
We will get another judge, though it is not clear who or when. This judge can decide to keep the scheduled hearing for Friday, November 17 as Judge Schaffer had ordered.
Time is tight but we can still have ranked choice voting for our March 2018 election!
Four cities had ranked choice voting elections this week, and the results were amazing. We can and should have ranked choice voting in Santa Fe!
Director, FairVote New Mexico
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