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!