The latest news on this front comes from a report by Ryan Laughlin at local news station KOB 4:
The Albuquerque City Council has not made a decision yet on whether to adopt ranked-choice voting for municipal elections. Monday evening they deferred the decision until June 17. Ranked-choice voting is a system that allows voters to rank candidates instead of just picking one candidate.
The City Council is split – there are competing ideas. One idea would have the council change Albuquerque’s election system to ranked-choice voting before the November election, but City Councilor Don Harris thinks voters should be able to decide what election system to use
See the full story here. What is ranked choice voting? According to Democracy Chronicles’ friends at at the nonpartisan nonprofit FairVote, an organization with its headquarters in Takoma Park, Maryland:
Ranked choice voting (RCV) makes democracy more fair and functional. It works in a variety of contexts. It is a simple change that can have a big impact. With ranked choice voting, voters can rank as many candidates as they want in order of choice. Candidates do best when they attract a strong core of first-choice support while also reaching out for second and even third choices.
When used as an “instant runoff” to elect a single candidate like a mayor or a governor, RCV helps elect a candidate that better reflects the support of a majority of voters. When used as a form of fair representation voting to elect more than one candidate like a city council, state legislature or even Congress, RCV helps to more fairly represent the full spectrum of voters.