Endorsements of Ranked Choice Voting for Texas

 

Endorsements from: Organizations | Thought Leaders

 

Organizations

R Street

R Street ardently believes state legislatures should be focused on improving the voting experience for all eligible voters while ensuring trustworthy elections. Ranked-choice voting (RCV) represents a quintessential example of such an improvement. - Matthew Germer, R Street

Common Cause - Texas

Runoffs are bad for democracy. They have low turnout, they are expensive, and they are unrepresentative. Ranked-choice voting saves taxpayer money and gives more voters a say. - Anthony Gutierrez, Common Cause - Texas

Veterans for Political Innovation

Single-choice, winner-take-all voting can sometimes result in the election of a candidate who earned only a small percentage of the vote. Ranked-choice voting is another voting method which allows voters to rank their favorite candidates in order of preference. - Eric Bonner, Veterans for Political Innovation

League of Women Voters of Texas

The LWVUS supports enabling legislation to allow local jurisdictions to explore alternative electoral methods, as well as supporting state election laws allowing for more options at both the state and local levels. The TX LWV will develop its position on supporting alternatives to the plurality system in spring 2022. - Janet Imhoff, League of Women Voters of Texas

 

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Unite America

Unite America believes that instant runoff voting (RCV) solves real problems facing Texas. The reform can save Texas taxpayer money, give Texas cities control over their own elections, ensure that all military votes are counted, and eliminate low-turnout primary runoffs that very few Texas voters participate in. The reform makes elections better, faster, and cheaper while guaranteeing majority rule — it's a common-sense reform for Texas to consider.

 

 

 

RepresentWomen

RepresentWomen’s mission is to strengthen our democracy by advancing reforms like ranked choice voting that break down barriers to ensure more women run, win, serve, and lead. Our 2016 and 2020 reports found that electoral outcomes for women and people of color are overall better in jurisdictions that have implemented ranked choice voting.

 

Texas Civil Rights Project

Texas Civil Rights Project is a supporter of ranked choice voting because of its proven ability to ensure that election results genuinely reflect the will of the people. Ranked-choice voting alleviates several issues in our electoral system including vote-splitting, negative campaigning, and hyper-polarization. With ranked-choice voting we can make substantial progress toward building a true democracy for all.

 

 

Take Back Action Fund

There are cost savings and other advantages of instant runoffs. For example, it gets rid of the incentive for the opposition to fund a candidate to take a few percent from a nominee and allow the opposition to win even in a district where a majority oppose them. There is a role instant runoffs can play as part of election integrity. For example, Utah has done a great job of adopting instant runoffs while implementing safeguards like cleaning up voter lists and verifying each voter. With their reforms, every voter can be confident that elections can be transparent and secure and that their voice is heard. - John Pudner, Take Back Action Fund

 

 


 

Thought Leaders

 

Conventional wisdom might suggest that it's mostly progressives that favor ranked choice voting, but in fact support for RCV is growing elsewhere on the political spectrum. The Republican Party used RCV to pick leaders in hotly contested races for Congress in Utah, governor in Virginia, and attorney general in Indiana. Fundamentally, ranked choice voting doesn't preference either party. RCV offers state parties across the country a way to make sure the most electable candidate emerges from primary elections, and a way to legislate more effectively by yielding political institutions better geared to bargaining and accommodation. This is a policy arena worth the serious attention of conservatives.
-- Yuval Levin, American Enterprise Institute

 

I avidly support ranked choice voting, and you should feel free to use my name however it might be helpful.
-- Sanford V Levinson, Professor of Government, University of Texas at Austin School of Law