Improve voting policy with an instant runoff voting pilot (HB 35)!

Rep. Marc Roberts is running an interesting voting policy bill, HB 35 Municipal Alternate Voting Methods Pilot Project, that would implement instant runoff or “ranked choice voting” within a pilot program for certain nonpartisan races. 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. Instant runoff voting has been shown to have a number of benefits, including boosting voter participation, bringing greater civility to races between the candidates and more fair representation of the full spectrum of voters. They also save money be eliminating costly primaries and creating a single, multi-candidate election.

Instant runoff voting has already been used in some Utah municipalities, such as West Jordan. Now we have the opportunity to expand it into municipalities in nonpartisan elections across Utah in an opt-in pilot program.

HB 35 Municipal Alternate Voting Methods Pilot Project has passed in the House and now needs to pass a Senate 2nd and 3rd reading. Ask your senator to vote YES on HB 35 today!

One Comment

  1. Giulio March 21, 2018 at 10:34 pm

    But wouldnt a modified instant runoff vote be better? Voters would cast a first choice and would cast a second choice for any other candidates they want to see in a runoff. No candidate gets a majority of the first round votes? Then we count the second preferences. Second preferences would be runoff votes and voters mayor like more than one candidate. Say in 1992 a perot voter voted: perot 1st and clinton+bush 2nd. This perot voter would”ve given 0.5 votes to bush and Clinton in a runoff. Now I have another idea: for single office elections, just consider it a free for all. For example, a us senate race in Alaska would mean that the voters in the parishes would vote for one of the candidates. Candidates would be getting a number of points in each parish according to their popular vote.

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