A change to ranked voting and away from the universally used plurality voting system is being considered now in New Hampshire.
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Rep. Brian Blake, D-Aberdeen, is co-sponsoring a bill that gives counties, cities, towns and other municipalities an option to use “ranked choice voting.”
The 2019 NYC Charter Commission, tasked with revising and updating the city’s laws, is considering implementing RCV in citywide municipal elections.
Efforts by a local legislator, Sen. Adam Ebbin to allow “ranked-choice” (or “instant-runoff”) voting in local elections has died in state Senate committee.
College campuses feature prominently among the growing ranks of institutions embracing RCV, with UT-Austin is the latest universities to adopt RCV.
It’s important to not oversell the benefits of Ranked Choice Voting, which many outlets are doing. Overselling RCV can create unrealistic expectations and sour voters to other alternative voting methods.
LWV hopes to have a constitutional amendment passed that would allow for future Maine governor and legislative races to appear on a ranked-choice ballot.
Ranked choice voting would still be used in the primary, but not in the general election. Write-in space would be eliminated in the general election.
Harvard law professor Larry Lessig has been in New Hampshire often enough for political advocacy that he knows what will get lawmakers’ attention here.
Virginia Delegate David Toscano says a bill he proposed that would allow localities to adopt ranked choice voting has been tabled.