Better Ballot Bulletin: June 15, 2024

Here you will find important updates in the world of instant runoff voting and events to attend that help spread the word of IRV/RCV in SC.

Great events to get plugged in!

Tabling at the Juneteenth Freedom Festival: TODAY. Join us for canvassing at the Juneteenth Freedom Festival in Columbia. We'll be speaking to festival attendees about the benefits of instant runoff voting. We will also be registering voters and providing information about the upcoming runoff. Sign up for a shift and come on down. The more the merrier!

Statewide Strategy Call:June 25, 7pm. By popular demand, we're changing our monthly meeting to the 4th Tuesday of the month! Join us to recap the month and discuss the future, locally. Join us in Columbia, Charleston, or virtually. Everyone will meet on the call and have a quick recap of what the state of the movement in South Carolina is and then we'll break into local groups.

IRV Pitch Training: Thursdays at 8pm. Learn how to pitch Instant Runoff Voting when canvassing on the street or at an event from a Rank the Vote National Organizer! We'll talk about best practices, and have opportunities for you to practice in a friendly environment. All questions welcome.

Letter to the Editor Training: July 1, 8pm. Join other IRV enthusiasts in crafting letters for your local newsletters. Best practices and strategies will be discussed. All questions answered. By dedicating focused time to writing LTEs on a regular basis, you can help boost the IRV signal in your community and across the country.

SPLIT

Other Events to Get Excited About

Principles First Dinner: June 29, 5pm-8pm. Join Principles First for a dinner and discussion about the challenges facing our country and a path to a more principled future.

(https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S026137942400074X?via%3Dihub)

Plus:

The Impact of Instant Runoff Voting on Representation for Women and People of Color: Unite America (Spoiler: it's good)

 

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Editorial: Trusting the mail could cost you your vote in the June 25 SC primary runoff: Post and Courier

What voters need to know about participating in SC's primary runoffs: News From the States

Opinion: Four election reforms that would expand voter choice and chip away at incumbency: The State

Ranked choice voting suffers red state backlash: Pluribus News

 

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H.4022

Introduced by Representatives Neal Collins (R-5) and Dr Jermaine Johnson (D-70)

This bill will give municipalities the option of using instant runoff voting in elections. The regular 2024 legislative is over, but that does NOT mean the effort is. The bill will be reintroduced and we will be doubling our efforts to find more supporters. We need to gather more support so that we can push it even further next session!

We are looking for:

Cosponsors

We are actively looking for cosponsors for this municipal option bill. The best way to do this is to sit down with legislatures and have a conversation with them about the benefits of IRV. We know that talking to our legislators can be intimidating. If you would like to meet with your elected officials or have any questions, please contact us at [email protected]. We can provide support and guidance.

Business Support

The South Carolina Small Business Chamber of Commerce has joined our coalition in support of instant runoff voting/ranked choice voting. They are actively looking for businesses to sign on and show their support. If you are a business owner or know one, please sign the petition.

Are you looking for a flyer to hang up at your local community board? Or maybe something to handout to people? Check out our Printables!

We have an easy way to get involved! Sign our petition! Show your support of instant runoff voting by signing and sharing. Remember to share it to your social media!

If you like what you've read here and would like us to continue our efforts, please donate. We're building momentum here in South Carolina. Help us continue to educate our fellow South Carolinians. Consider making a monthly contribution. It helps us to better strategize our long term goals.

 

Thank you for reading,

Nicole Sanchez, President


Better Ballot Bulletin: June 1, 2024

Here you will find important updates in the world of instant runoff voting and events to attend that help spread the word of IRV/RCV in SC.

Great events to get plugged in!

Letter to the Editor Training: June 3, 8pm. Join other IRV enthusiasts in crafting letters for your local newsletters. Best practices and strategies will be discussed. All questions answered. By dedicating focused time to writing LTEs on a regular basis, you can help boost the IRV signal in your community and across the country.

Tabling at the Juneteenth Freedom Festival: June 15. Join us for canvassing at the Juneteenth Freedom Festival in Columbia. We'll be speaking to festival attendees about the benefits of instant runoff voting. We will also be registering voters and providing information about the upcoming election. Please sign up for a shift today.

Statewide Strategy Call: June 25, 7pm. By popular demand, we're changing our monthly meeting to the 4th Tuesday of the month! Join us to recap the month and discuss the future, locally. Join us in Columbia, Charleston, or virtually. Everyone will meet on the call and have a quick recap of what the state of the movement in South Carolina is and then we'll break into local groups.

IRV Pitch Training: Thursdays at 8pm. Learn how to pitch Instant Runoff Voting when canvassing on the street or at an event from a Rank the Vote National Organizer! We'll talk about best practices, and have opportunities for you to practice in a friendly environment. All questions welcome.

Other Events to Get Excited About

Principles First Dinner: June 29, 5pm-8pm. Join Principles First for a dinner and discussion about the challenges facing our country and a path to a more principled future.

 

(https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_NTcjyKEqPQ)

Plus:

Low turnout, added costs and Jim Crow roots: why does NC still have runoffs? The News and Observer

Watch: Breaking Barriers for Black Women Candidates: Represent Women

 

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Republicans are using AND banning IRV

Republicans are polling to find out who should be the VP, and some are using IRV: Peach Pundit and Preferential Primary

Legislatures are also banning it. Four bans in May alone (Louisiana passed it after this article was written): Ballotpedia News

 

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H.4022

Introduced by Representatives Neal Collins (R-5) and Dr Jermaine Johnson (D-70)

This bill will give municipalities the option of using instant runoff voting in elections. The regular 2024 legislative is over, but that does NOT mean the effort is. We will be doubling our efforts to find more supporters. We need to gather more support so that we can push it even further next session!

We are looking for:

Cosponsors

We are actively looking for cosponsors for this municipal option bill. The best way to do this is to sit down with legislatures and have a conversation with them about the benefits of IRV. We know that talking to our legislators can be intimidating. If you would like to meet with your elected officials or have any questions, please contact us at [email protected]. We can provide support and guidance.

Business Support

The South Carolina Small Business Chamber of Commerce has joined our coalition in support of instant runoff voting/ranked choice voting. They are actively looking for businesses to sign on and show their support. If you are a business owner or know one, please sign the petition.

Are you looking for a flyer to hang up at your local community board? Or maybe something to handout to people? Check out our Printables!

We have an easy way to get involved! Sign our petition! Show your support of instant runoff voting by signing and sharing. Remember to share it to your social media!

If you like what you've read here and would like us to continue our efforts, please donate. We're building momentum here in South Carolina. Help us continue to educate our fellow South Carolinians. Consider making a monthly contribution. It helps us to better strategize our long term goals.

 

Thank you for reading,

Nicole Sanchez,

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Better Ballot Bulletin: May 15, 2024

Here you will find important updates in the world of instant runoff voting and events to attend that help spread the word of IRV/RCV in SC.

Great events to get plugged in!

IRV Pitch Training: Thursdays at 8pm. Learn how to pitch Instant Runoff Voting when canvassing on the street or at an event from a Rank the Vote National Organizer! We'll talk about best practices, and have opportunities for you to practice in a friendly environment. All questions welcome.

Bank 'n' Brew with BBSC: May 20, 7pm. Calling is better in a group and with a cold brew. Join fellow supporters in person to call our list to let them know about all the great things we have building in the instant runoff voting movement. There will be a short training followed by hitting the phones.

Phonebanking for BBSC: May 21, 11am. Not in Charleston? That's okay. Join fellow supporters virtually. Let's call supporters to let them know about all the great things we have building in the instant runoff voting movement. There will be a short training followed by hitting the phones.

Statewide Strategy Call: May 28, 7pm. By popular demand, we're changing our monthly meeting to the 4th Tuesday of the month! Join us to recap the month and discuss the future, locally. Join us in Columbia, Charleston, or virtually. Everyone will meet on the call and have a quick recap of what the state of the movement in South Carolina is and then we'll break into local groups.

Letter to the Editor Training: June 3, 8pm. Join other IRV enthusiasts in crafting letters for your local newsletters. Best practices and strategies will be discussed. All questions answered. By dedicating focused time to writing LTEs on a regular basis, you can help boost the IRV signal in your community and across the country.

 

Other Events to Get Excited About

Making Democracy Count: May 16, 2pm. Join FairVote as we interview mathematician and author Ismar Volić about his new book, Making Democracy Count: How Mathematics Improves Voting, Electoral Maps, and Representation.

Defending Democracy Panel, Carolina for All: May 16, 6:30pm, Benedict College Little Theater. Join 6 democracy experts as they discuss some of the biggest issues facing our country and state.

Political Spending and Democracy: May 20, 5pm. Business for Democracy and American Promise continue the discussion with leading economic experts, Michael Donnelly and Maureen Kline, about how our lopsided campaign finance laws negatively affect the U.S. economy. 

 

(https://www.governing.com/politics/ranked-choice-voting-works-for-the-overseas-military-why-not-for-everybody)

Curious how SC's UOCAVA voters vote? Check out the SEC's website

Plus:

Protecting Our Laboratories of Democracy: The Dangers of Banning Ranked Choice Voting: Independent Voter News

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News in Instant Runoff Voting

Louisiana runoffs have low turn out and high costs. Ranked choice voting can help: FairVote

Plus: This Louisiana Republican agrees: X (formerly Twitter)

What will the parties do as more and more voters go independent? The Hill

Two instant runoff voting titans make list of Washington DC's 500 most influential people: Rob Richie and Cynthia Richie Terrell

 

We want to hear from you!

Please fill out this quick demographic survey. It will help us in our grant seeking efforts.

 

H.4022

Introduced by Representatives Neal Collins (R-5) and Dr Jermaine Johnson (D-70)

This bill will give municipalities the option of using instant runoff voting in elections. The regular 2024 legislative is over, but that does NOT mean the effort is. We will be doubling our efforts to find more supporters. We need to gather more support so that we can push it even further next session!

We are looking for:

Cosponsors

We are actively looking for cosponsors for this municipal option bill. The best way to do this is to sit down with legislatures and have a conversation with them about the benefits of IRV. We know that talking to our legislators can be intimidating. If you would like to meet with your elected officials or have any questions, please contact us at [email protected]. We can provide support and guidance.

Municipal Resolutions of Support

Individual municipalities are key to our strategy. When the elected officials who will be most affected by this new option are supportive, it will go a long way to show the legislature that this should be passed. Not all town and city council members know about this great upgrade to the way that we vote. To learn more about how to spread the word, email us at [email protected]

Business Support

The South Carolina Small Business Chamber of Commerce has joined our coalition in support of instant runoff voting/ranked choice voting. They are actively looking for businesses to sign on and show their support. If you are a business owner or know one, please sign the petition.

Are you looking for a flyer to hang up at your local community board? Or maybe something to handout to people? Check out our Printables!

We have an easy way to get involved! Sign our petition! Show your support of instant runoff voting by signing and sharing. Remember to share it to your social media!

If you like what you've read here and would like us to continue our efforts, please donate. We're building momentum here in South Carolina. Help us continue to educate our fellow South Carolinians. Consider making a monthly contribution. It helps us to better strategize our long term goals.

 

Thank you for reading,

Nicole Sanchez,

President, Better Ballot SC


Better Ballot Bulletin: May 1, 2024

Here you will find important updates in the world of instant runoff voting and events to attend that help spread the word of IRV/RCV in SC.

Great events to get plugged in!

Bank 'n' Brew with BBSC: May 20, 7pm. Calling is better in a group and with a cold brew. Join fellow supporters in person to call our list to let them know about all the great things we have building in the instant runoff voting movement. There will be a short training followed by hitting the phones.

Phonebanking for BBSC: May 21, 11am. Not in Charleston? That's okay. Join fellow supporters virtually. Let's call supporters to let them know about all the great things we have building in the instant runoff voting movement. There will be a short training followed by hitting the phones.

 

Statewide Strategy Call: May 28, 7pm. By popular demand, we're changing our monthly meeting to the 4th Tuesday of the month! Join us to recap the month and discuss the future, locally. Join us in Columbia, Charleston, or virtually. Everyone will meet on the call and have a quick recap of what the state of the movement in South Carolina is and then we'll break into local groups.

Other Events to Get Excited About

Business for Democracy Webinar: Right and center-right national organization puts principles over party: TODAY, 3pm. Join host Frank Knapp and speaker Jeffery Carson (COO of Principles First) as they discuss Principles First. Principle First is a nationwide grassroots movement of people from the right and center-right who share a love of American democracy and concern for the direction of our existing conservative leadership.

Defending Democracy Panel, Carolina for All: May 16, 6:30pm, Benedict College Little Theater. Join 6 democracy experts as they discuss some of the biggest issues facing our country and state.

 

 

(https://fairvote.org/former-gov-asa-hutchinson-endorses-ranked-choice-voting/)

Plus:

Meet the Faces of Democracy: Tate Fall: The Fulcrum

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News in Instant Runoff Voting

As an avid follower of the news, I'm sure you are well aware of RFK's bid for the presidency. Some have suggested it will help Biden. Others that it will help Trump.

But finally we have some people talking about what can be done to fix the problem of the spoiler effect:

No Labels' Failed Presidential Math and Why It Should Focus Its Efforts on Reforming the System Instead: Independent Voter Network

Ralph Nader, on RFK and Third Parties: New York Times

There's a solution to Democrats' RFK Jr problem: Ranked-choice voting: Salon

 

H.4022

Introduced by Representatives Neal Collins (R-5) and Dr Jermaine Johnson (D-70)

This bill will give municipalities the option of using instant runoff voting in elections. The regular 2024 legislative is over, but that does NOT mean the effort is. We will be doubling our efforts to find more supporters. We need to gather more support so that we can push it even further next session!

We are looking for:

Cosponsors

We are actively looking for cosponsors for this municipal option bill. The best way to do this is to sit down with legislatures and have a conversation with them about the benefits of IRV. We know that talking to our legislators can be intimidating. If you would like to meet with your elected officials or have any questions, please contact us at [email protected]. We can provide support and guidance.

Municipal Resolutions of Support

Individual municipalities are key to our strategy. When the elected officials who will be most affected by this new option are supportive, it will go a long way to show the legislature that this should be passed. Not all town and city council members know about this great upgrade to the way that we vote. To learn more about how to spread the word, email us at [email protected]

Business Support

The South Carolina Small Business Chamber of Commerce has joined our coalition in support of instant runoff voting/ranked choice voting. They are actively looking for businesses to sign on and show their support. If you are a business owner or know one, please sign the petition.

Are you looking for a flyer to hang up at your local community board? Or maybe something to handout to people? Check out our Printables!

We have an easy way to get involved! Sign our petition! Show your support of instant runoff voting by signing and sharing. Remember to share it to your social media!

If you like what you've read here and would like us to continue our efforts, please donate. We're building momentum here in South Carolina. Help us continue to educate our fellow South Carolinians. Consider making a monthly contribution. It helps us to better strategize our long term goals.

 

Thank you for reading,

Nicole Sanchez,

President, {{broadcaster.name}}
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Better Ballot Bulletin: April 15, 2024

Here you will find important updates in the world of instant runoff voting and events to attend that help spread the word of IRV/RCV in SC.

Great events to get plugged in!

Phonebanking for BBSC: April 16, 11am. Let's call supporters to let them know about all the great things we have building in the instant runoff voting movement. There will be a short training followed by hitting the phones.

Quarterly Board Meeting: April 17, 6pm. Join us at our quarterly board meeting where we'll discuss regular business and hold elections for Treasurer. If you would like to contribute or serve on the board, please email us at [email protected].

Policy and Research Team Meeting: April 18, 7:30pm. Do you like combing through records and accurately collecting data? The policy and research team may be right for you. This behind the scenes work helps our front facing teams to be knowledgeable and in the right place at the right time.

Statewide Strategy Call: April 24, 7pm. Join us to recap the quarter and discuss the future, locally. Join us in Columbia, Charleston, or virtually. Everyone will meet on the call and have a quick recap of what the state of the movement in South Carolina is and then we'll break into local groups.

SPLIT

 

(https://fairvote.org/webinar-recap-the-primary-solution-with-nick-troiano/)

Dear Philanthropists: Democracy Isn't Cheap: The Chronicle of Philantrophy

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News in Instant Runoff Voting

Is Ranked Choice the Right Choice? This student video won 2nd place in C-Span's Classroom's StudentCam documentary contest

Could ranked choice voting take the poison out of politics? WBUR

 

H.4022

Introduced by Representatives Neal Collins (R-5) and Dr Jermaine Johnson (D-70)

This bill will give municipalities the option of using instant runoff voting in elections. The regular 2024 legislative is over, but that does NOT mean the effort is. We will be doubling our efforts to find more supporters. We need to gather more support so that we can push it even further next session!

We are looking for:

Cosponsors

We are actively looking for cosponsors for this municipal option bill. The best way to do this is to sit down with legislatures and have a conversation with them about the benefits of IRV. We know that talking to our legislators can be intimidating. If you would like to meet with your elected officials or have any questions, please contact us at [email protected]. We can provide support and guidance.

Municipal Resolutions of Support

Individual municipalities are key to our strategy. When the elected officials who will be most affected by this new option are supportive, it will go a long way to show the legislature that this should be passed. Not all town and city council members know about this great upgrade to the way that we vote. To learn more about how to spread the word, email us at [email protected]

Business Support

The South Carolina Small Business Chamber of Commerce has joined our coalition in support of instant runoff voting/ranked choice voting. They are actively looking for businesses to sign on and show their support. If you are a business owner or know one, please sign the petition.

Are you looking for a flyer to hang up at your local community board? Or maybe something to handout to people? Check out our Printables!

We have an easy way to get involved! Sign our petition! Show your support of instant runoff voting by signing and sharing. Remember to share it to your social media!

If you like what you've read here and would like us to continue our efforts, please donate. We're building momentum here in South Carolina. Help us continue to educate our fellow South Carolinians. Consider making a monthly contribution. It helps us to better strategize our long term goals.

 

Thank you for reading,

Nicole Sanchez,

President, {{broadcaster.name}}
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Better Ballot Bulletin: April 1, 2024

Here you will find important updates in the world of instant runoff voting and events to attend that help spread the word of IRV/RCV in SC.

We're going monthly!

Our statewide strategy calls have focused on the statewide movement, but we want to localities to have a greater say and involvement in the movement. So, we're going local and monthly!

Everyone will meet on the call and have a quick recap of what the state of the movement in South Carolina is and then we'll break into local groups. There will be in person gatherings in Charleston and Columbia, but we'll also be meeting virtually so everyone can participate.

 

Better Ballot SC Events

Statewide Strategy Call: April 24, 7pm. Join us to recap the quarter and discuss the future, locally. Join us in Columbia, Charleston, or virtually

Quarterly Board Meeting: April 17, 6pm. Join us at our quarterly board meeting where we'll discuss regular business and hold elections for Treasurer. If you would like to contribute or serve on the board, please email us at [email protected].

 

(https://electionlawblog.org/?p=141700)

The Republican National Committee wants you to rank your favorite Vice Presidential nominees! Seems strange that this is the same body that passed a resolution against RCV last year...

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News in Instant Runoff Voting

Listen: After Hours: Ranked Choice Voting: Who's Backing It...And Why? Sharyl Attkisson

Surprising Salt Lake City - multiracial democracy in an unlikely place: Democracy SOS

Scott Rasmussen's Number of the Day for March 21, 2024: Ballotpedia

How the 2024 election is already spoiled: Fulcrum

Ranked choice voting would protect primaries from outside influence: FairVote Action

 

Other Election Related News in SC

Alexander v. SC State Conference of the NAACP: As many of you are probably already aware, the Supreme Court has yet to rule on a case in which SC's 1st Congressional District was ruled to be racially gerrymandered. To learn more about it you can attend a Business for Democracy webinar on Apr 3 at 3pm. United for Democracy's Jennifer Mandelblatt will discuss this issue and the state of the Supreme Court.

H.5006: Through my time with Better Ballot SC, I've spoken to several election officials across the state. One of the most common concerns that they express is for theirs and their coworkers' safety. H.5006 helps address those concerns and concerns about election integrity. Please contact your legislators about this meaningful bill.

 

H.4022

Introduced by Representatives Neal Collins (R-5) and Dr Jermaine Johnson (D-70)

This bill will give municipalities the option of using instant runoff voting in elections. The regular 2023 legislative is over, but that does NOT mean the effort is. We will be doubling our efforts to find more supporters. We need to gather more support so that we can push it even further next session!

We are looking for:

Cosponsors

We are actively looking for cosponsors for this municipal option bill. The best way to do this is to sit down with legislatures and have a conversation with them about the benefits of IRV. We know that talking to our legislators can be intimidating. If you would like to meet with your elected officials or have any questions, please contact us at [email protected]. We can provide support and guidance.

Municipal Resolutions of Support

Individual municipalities are key to our strategy. When the elected officials who will be most affected by this new option are supportive, it will go a long way to show the legislature that this should be passed. Not all town and city council members know about this great upgrade to the way that we vote. To learn more about how to spread the word, email us at [email protected]

Business Support

The South Carolina Small Business Chamber of Commerce has joined our coalition in support of instant runoff voting/ranked choice voting. They are actively looking for businesses to sign on and show their support. If you are a business owner or know one, please sign the petition.

Are you looking for a flyer to hang up at your local community board? Or maybe something to handout to people? Check out our Printables!

We have an easy way to get involved! Sign our petition! Show your support of instant runoff voting by signing and sharing. Remember to share it to your social media!

If you like what you've read here and would like us to continue our efforts, please donate. We're building momentum here in South Carolina. Help us continue to educate our fellow South Carolinians. Consider making a monthly contribution. It helps us to better strategize our long term goals.

 

Thank you for reading,

Nicole Sanchez,

President, {{broadcaster.name}}
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Better Ballot Bulletin: March 15, 2024

Here you will find important updates in the world of instant runoff voting and events to attend that help spread the word of IRV/RCV in SC.

We want to hear from you!

We're always looking for ways to connect more and be responsive to our community, but to do that, we need to know more about you!

Please take this quick survey so that we can learn more about what you want to see and do

 

Better Ballot SC Events

Statewide Strategy Call: April 24, 7pm. Join us to recap the quarter and discuss the future. We have lots coming up. RSVP today. We're going *hybrid* again! We'll be in Columbia!

Other Events to Get Excited About

Forum to Discuss H.5006: March 30,10am. Carolina for All and Columbia Central Labor Council are hosting a forum at the Labor and Community Breakfast in Columbia. RSVP today.

H.5006

Through my time with Better Ballot SC, I've spoken to several election officials across the state. One of the most common concerns that they express is for theirs and their coworkers' safety. H.5006 helps address those concerns and concerns about election integrity. Please contact your legislators about this meaningful bill.

 

(https://electionlawblog.org/?p=141700)

221,000 Republicans cast zombie votes in the Super Tuesday Primaries. Instant runoff voting could solve this problem: FairVote

Want to be more connected? Join our Slack channel!

 

News in Instant Runoff Voting

With Ranked Choice Voting, 17% more votes make a difference: FairVote

Gerrymandering Reform: Are We Asking the Wrong Question: Independent Voter News

Who invented Single Transferable Vote?: Electoral Reform Society

 

H.4022

Introduced by Representatives Neal Collins (R-5) and Dr Jermaine Johnson (D-70)

This bill will give municipalities the option of using instant runoff voting in elections. The regular 2023 legislative is over, but that does NOT mean the effort is. We will be doubling our efforts to find more supporters. We need to gather more support so that we can push it even further next session!

We are looking for:

Cosponsors

We are actively looking for cosponsors for this municipal option bill. The best way to do this is to sit down with legislatures and have a conversation with them about the benefits of IRV. We know that talking to our legislators can be intimidating. If you would like to meet with your elected officials or have any questions, please contact us at [email protected]. We can provide support and guidance.

Municipal Resolutions of Support

Individual municipalities are key to our strategy. When the elected officials who will be most affected by this new option are supportive, it will go a long way to show the legislature that this should be passed. Not all town and city council members know about this great upgrade to the way that we vote. To learn more about how to spread the word, email us at [email protected]

Business Support

The South Carolina Small Business Chamber of Commerce has joined our coalition in support of instant runoff voting/ranked choice voting. They are actively looking for businesses to sign on and show their support. If you are a business owner or know one, please sign the petition.

Are you looking for a flyer to hang up at your local community board? Or maybe something to handout to people? Check out our Printables!

We have an easy way to get involved! Sign our petition! Show your support of instant runoff voting by signing and sharing. Remember to share it to your social media!

Did you know that there are Better Ballot SC Facebook groups for your county? Join yours today to help build the movement in your backyard

If you like what you've read here and would like us to continue our efforts, please donate. We're building momentum here in South Carolina. Help us continue to educate our fellow South Carolinians. Consider making a monthly contribution. It helps us to better strategize our long term goals.

 

Thank you for reading,

Nicole Sanchez,

President, {{broadcaster.name}}
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Better Ballot Bulletin: March 1, 2024

Welcome to the Better Ballot Bulletin

Here you will find important updates in the world of instant runoff voting and events to attend that help spread the word of IRV/RCV in SC.

We want to meet you...

...and your friends. Better Ballot SC wants to speak to the groups that you're a part of. This is a great way to spread the word. The way that our government functions affects everyone. So whether you are in a rotary club, plant society, or any other group based in South Carolina. We want to meet them!

Not a part of a group but still have friends? Invite them to a house party! We'll help you host and educate our fellow South Carolinians. Contact us at [email protected]

SPLIT

Better Ballot SC Events

Statewide Strategy Call: April 24, 7pm. Join us to recap the quarter and discuss the future. We have lots coming up. RSVP today. We're going *hybrid* again! We'll be in Columbia!

Highlight in Instant Runoff Voting

(https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AEsQnrc_CfM)

Want to be more connected? Join our Slack channel!

 

News in Instant Runoff Voting

Listen: Should Utah keep ranked choice voting as an option for local elections? With Josh Daniels: Defending Idea

Utah voters prefer ranked choice voting according to recent survey: Utah Public Radio

Plurality voting in primaries hurt parties, new paper finds: FairVote

 

H.4022

Introduced by Representatives Neal Collins (R-5) and Dr Jermaine Johnson (D-70)

This bill will give municipalities the option of using instant runoff voting in elections. The regular 2023 legislative is over, but that does NOT mean the effort is. We will be doubling our efforts to find more supporters. We need to gather more support so that we can push it even further next session!

We are looking for:

Cosponsors

We are actively looking for cosponsors for this municipal option bill. The best way to do this is to sit down with legislatures and have a conversation with them about the benefits of IRV. We know that talking to our legislators can be intimidating. If you would like to meet with your elected officials or have any questions, please contact us at [email protected]. We can provide support and guidance.

Municipal Resolutions of Support

Individual municipalities are key to our strategy. When the elected officials who will be most affected by this new option are supportive, it will go a long way to show the legislature that this should be passed. Not all town and city council members know about this great upgrade to the way that we vote. To learn more about how to spread the word, email us at [email protected]

Business Support

The South Carolina Small Business Chamber of Commerce has joined our coalition in support of instant runoff voting/ranked choice voting. They are actively looking for businesses to sign on and show their support. If you are a business owner or know one, please sign the petition.

Are you looking for a flyer to hang up at your local community board? Or maybe something to handout to people? Check out our Printables!

We have an easy way to get involved! Sign our petition! Show your support of instant runoff voting by signing and sharing. Remember to share it to your social media!

Did you know that there are Better Ballot SC Facebook groups for your county? Join yours today to help build the movement in your backyard

If you like what you've read here and would like us to continue our efforts, please donate. We're building momentum here in South Carolina. Help us continue to educate our fellow South Carolinians. Consider making a monthly contribution. It helps us to better strategize our long term goals.

 

Thank you for reading,

Nicole Sanchez,

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Better Ballot Bulletin: February 15, 2024

 

 

Welcome to the Better Ballot Bulletin

Here you will find important updates in the world of instant runoff voting and events to attend that help spread the word of IRV/RCV in SC.

Growing Momentum in Irmo

Next week, Irmo Town Council will be voting on a resolution in support of instant runoff voting. We couldn't be more excited!

Are you in the town of Irmo? Email us at [email protected] to get involved in Irmo or where you live

DONATE

Better Ballot SC Events

Statewide Strategy Call: April 24, 7pm. Join us to recap the quarter and discuss the future. We have lots coming up. RSVP today. We're going *hybrid* again! We'll be in Columbia!

Highlights in Instant Runoff Voting

Want to be armed against misconceptions about instant runoff voting?

Check out The Activist's Tool Kit for Responding to Claims about IRV

The US Virgin Islands Just Used IRV in their Republican Presidential Primary.

Check out this analysis of the results

Some in the Statehouse want to abandon runoffs in the primaries. We think they should just be conducted instantly.

Read the report why plurality winners fair worse than majority winners

Want to be more connected? Join our Slack channel!

GET INVOLVED

 

News in Instant Runoff Voting

The Failure of Plurality Elections: DemocracySOS

Some on the Right Flirt with a Voting Method the Left Loves: New York Times

What is ranked choice voting, the contentious election method expanding across the nation? Fox News

New RCV bans on the table but bills supporting instant runoff voting outnumber opposition legislation in 2024 session: Ballotpedia News

 

H.4022

Introduced by Representatives Neal Collins (R-5) and Dr Jermaine Johnson (D-70)

This bill will give municipalities the option of using instant runoff voting in elections. The regular 2023 legislative is over, but that does NOT mean the effort is. We will be doubling our efforts to find more supporters. We need to gather more support so that we can push it even further next session!

We are looking for:

Cosponsors

We are actively looking for cosponsors for this municipal option bill. The best way to do this is to sit down with legislatures and have a conversation with them about the benefits of IRV.

We know that talking to our legislators can be intimidating. If you would like to meet with your elected officials or have any questions, please contact us at [email protected]. We can provide support and guidance.

Municipal Resolutions of Support

Individual municipalities are key to our strategy. When the elected officials who will be most affected by this new option are supportive, it will go a long way to show the legislature that this should be passed.

Not all town and city council members know about this great upgrade to the way that we vote. To learn more about how to spread the word, email us at [email protected]

Business Support

The South Carolina Small Business Chamber of Commerce has joined our coalition in support of instant runoff voting/ranked choice voting.

They are actively looking for businesses to sign on and show their support. If you are a business owner or know one, please sign the petition.

Business Petition

Are you looking for a flyer to hang up at your local community board? Or maybe something to handout to people? Check out our Printables!

We have an easy way to get involved! Sign our petition! Show your support of instant runoff voting by signing and sharing. Remember to share it to your social media!

Sign the Petition

Did you know that there are Better Ballot SC Facebook groups for your county? Join yours today to help build the movement in your backyard

If you like what you've read here and would like us to continue our efforts, please donate. We're building momentum here in South Carolina. Help us continue to educate our fellow South Carolinians.

Donate Today

Consider making a monthly contribution. It helps us to better strategize our long term goals.

Thank you for reading,

Nicole Sanchez,

President, BetterBallotSC
https://www.betterballotsc.org/

 

Better Ballot South Carolina
Greenville, SC

 

 


Better Ballot Bulletin: February 1, 2024

 

 

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Welcome to the Better Ballot Bulletin. Here you will find important updates in the world of instant runoff voting and events to attend that help spread the word of IRV/RCV in SC.

We had a rally!

Speakers from across the state and even one special guest from Virginia spoke at the rally.

Thank you to everyone who came. Not only did we learn more about instant runoff voting, but we move the conversation forward!

Organization unite for rally in support of instant runoff voting: ABCNews4

Representative Jermaine Johnson (D) and Former VA Representative Chris Saxman (R)

Charleston City Councilman Karl Brady

Irmo Town Councilman Erik Sickinger

Former Colonel US Army and State Lead of Veterans for All Voters Christopher Himsl

Presidential candidate Chase Oliver

Didn't make it this year? I'm sorry you missed out, but mark your calendars. We'll be back next year!

And there was a hearing!

(It was a busy week)

Several spoke in favor of 4022, Instant Runoff Voting, but there was opposition. Click here to view the video recording (January 25, 9am, House Judiciary Constitutional Law Subcommittee)

If you submitted written testimony, thank you! There was no vote taken, but we weren't expecting there to be, yet. We have laid a solid foundation and we will be sure to update you on any further developments.

The subcommittee: Chairman Jay Jordan, Weston Newton, Travis A Moore, Will Wheeler, and Justin Bamberg (absent)

Former VA House Delegate (Representative) Chris Saxman

President of Better Ballot SC Nicole Sanchez

Plus, R Street published their written testimony

DONATE

Better Ballot SC Events

Statewide Strategy Call: April 24, 7pm. Join us to recap the quarter and discuss the future. We have lots coming up. RSVP today. We're going *hybrid* again! We'll be in Columbia!

News in Instant Runoff Voting

Letters: South Carolina should try ranked-choice voting: Post and Courier

GOP Caucus in Virgin Islands, Often Overlooked, Getting More Attention This Year: The Well News

Editorial: SC's military and overseas voters get this option. Why don't the rest of us? Post and Courier

Oscars 2024: How is ranked choice voting used? FairVote

Ranked-Choice Voting would dramatically improve the 2024 Republican Primary: The Dispatch

Update: Ranked Choice Voting Benefits Candidates and Voters of Color: FairVote

Want to be more connected? Join our Slack channel!

GET INVOLVED

 

H.4022

Introduced by Representatives Neal Collins (R-5) and Dr Jermaine Johnson (D-70)

This bill will give municipalities the option of using instant runoff voting in elections. The regular 2023 legislative is over, but that does NOT mean the effort is. We will be doubling our efforts to find more supporters. We need to gather more support so that we can push it even further next session!

We are looking for:

Cosponsors

We are actively looking for cosponsors for this municipal option bill. The best way to do this is to sit down with legislatures and have a conversation with them about the benefits of IRV.

We know that talking to our legislators can be intimidating. If you would like to meet with your elected officials or have any questions, please contact us at [email protected]. We can provide support and guidance.

Municipal Resolutions of Support

Individual municipalities are key to our strategy. When the elected officials who will be most affected by this new option are supportive, it will go a long way to show the legislature that this should be passed.

Not all town and city council members know about this great upgrade to the way that we vote. To learn more about how to spread the word, email us at [email protected]

Business Support

The South Carolina Small Business Chamber of Commerce has joined our coalition in support of instant runoff voting/ranked choice voting.

They are actively looking for businesses to sign on and show their support. If you are a business owner or know one, please sign the petition.

Business Petition

Are you looking for a flyer to hang up at your local community board? Or maybe something to handout to people? Check out our Printables!

We have an easy way to get involved! Sign our petition! Show your support of instant runoff voting by signing and sharing. Remember to share it to your social media!

Sign the Petition

Did you know that there are Better Ballot SC Facebook groups for your county? Join yours today to help build the movement in your backyard

If you like what you've read here and would like us to continue our efforts, please donate. We're building momentum here in South Carolina. Help us continue to educate our fellow South Carolinians.

Donate Today

Consider making a monthly contribution. It helps us to better strategize our long term goals.

Thank you for reading,

Nicole Sanchez,

President, BetterBallotSC
https://www.betterballotsc.org/

 

Better Ballot South Carolina
Greenville, SC