The people's veto campaign to restore ranked choice voting delivered over 70,000 signatures to the Secretary of State by the deadline of Friday, February 2. In doing so, they immediately suspended the law passed by the Legislature that delayed implementation of RCV. Put another way, RCV goes ahead for the 2018 primaries IF at least 61,123 out of those 70,000 signatures is certified. This not only requires use of RCV for the June primaries, but also puts the people's veto on the ballot in the same election. Since the number of signatures far exceeds the required threshold, we are confident that the veto question will qualify for the June ballot. Here is the League's statement from February 2.
The Secretary of State now has 30 days -- until March 5 -- to verify the signatures and certify the question for the June ballot. The lawsuit is based on concerns about whether the Secretary of State has done enough to prepare for implementation of RCV. Lawsuit or no, we expect that the primary elections in June will be conducted using RCV at the same time that we vote on whether to preserve RCV for the future. We at LWVME will be arguing for faithful implementation of the law and for allocating any resources that might be needed. Elections matter; let's get to work; let's get this right.
Read more about the legislative and legal background.
Watch this cool video that shows how RCV works.
✓ Eliminates spoilers and strategic voting: Ranked choice voting allows voters to support their favorite candidate without worrying that they might "throw their vote away," or worse, split their votes with like‐minded voters and unintentionally help elect the candidate they like the least.
✓ Reduces negative campaigning: Candidates running in ranked choice elections must ask for second and, sometimes, third choice rankings. Voters are less likely to rank a candidate highly who is negative toward their preferred candidate.
✓ Reduces the influence of money in politics: Campaigns and special interest groups spend a lot of money on negative advertising. By making negative advertising less effective, ranked choice voting reduces the need for, and influence of, money in politics.
✓ 11 cities across the United States currently use ranked choice voting to elect city officers, including Portland, Maine. Also San Francisco, Cambridge, and Minneapolis.
✓ 5 states provide military and overseas voters with ranked choice ballots to participate in federal runoff elections.
✓ 4 countries, including Australia, Ireland, Malta, and New Zealand, use ranked choice voting in federal elections.
✓ Numerous public and private sector organizations, including the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Science, use ranked choice voting for their elections.
Read more about who uses RCV.
The League's Position on Ranked Choice Voting, also called Instant Run-off Voting
The League's 2008 - 2011 Study materials on RCV then called Instant Run-off Voting