We’re tired of bomb-throwing that is not very productive and turns off so many Americans!
Ranked choice voting tones down hyper-partisanship. It incentivizes candidates to appeal to more voters to gain their second or third choice rankings to win competitive elections. So many Americans have gotten turned off by politics that has gotten hyper-partisan with a lot of bomb-throwing that is not very productive.
These are the three bills that have been referred to legislative committees where the Chair now needs to schedule a hearing:
- SB537/HB2457 would allow local jurisdictions to choose to use ranked choice voting for nonpartisan municipal and school district elections. The legislature would not be mandating anything but allowing counties to opt into using RCV. A similar bill was passed in Utah in 2017 on a bipartisan basis and their governor just signed a bill to expand its use.
- HB740 would enable military and overseas voters to use ranked choice voting so their right to vote is not affected by delays in receiving ballots for runoff elections.
- HB117 would adopt ranked choice voting for party primaries.
If you want to end hyper-partisanship, click here to answer four easy questions that will then send a personalized email to your Texas State legislators asking them to support RCV.
How it works: Ranked Choice Voting, also called instant runoff voting, is a nonpartisan change in voting logistics that allows voters to rank candidates in order of their preference - first choice, second choice, and so on. If a candidate gets more than half of the first-choice votes, they win just as in any other election. If no candidate gets a majority of the first-choice votes, the candidate with the fewest votes is eliminated and voters who picked that candidate as their first choice will have their votes count towards their second choice. This process is repeated until one candidate accumulates more than half of the votes, thus serving as an instant runoff while eliminating the additional costs and time associated with runoff elections.