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

 


Better Ballot Bulletin: January 15, 2024

BetterBallotSC

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.

 

Better Ballot SC Events

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

IRV/RCV Day Rally

Jan 23, 2pm. This is our second annual rally. Use your voice to get our fellow South Carolinians MORE VOICE and MORE CHOICE! We'll be there from 2-4pm for speakers and demonstrations, plus IRV swag!

Please also join us for Lobbying Day (details here). We'll educate our legislators about IRV and invite them to visit the rally.

Statewide Strategy Call: Jan 24, 7pm. This will be our 3 year anniversary call! 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 Charleston!

 

News in Instant Runoff Voting

2024 may be a breakout year for ranked choice voting: Democracy SOS

Four faces of South Carolina: Frustration drives Midlands further right: Post and Courier

Instead of pushing Christie out, GOP should use Ranked-Choice Voting: Real Clear Politics (written by 2 former state GOP chairmen)

Could Proportional Representation Fix Congress? The NPR Politics Podcast

What we learned from NYC's second ranked choice voting election: FairVote

Arlington County (VA) adopts ranked choice voting: alringtonva.us

 

Want to be more connected? Join our Slack channel!

 

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

BetterBallotSC BetterBallotSC · SC 29420, United States


Better Ballot Bulletin: January 1, 2023

BetterBallotSC

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.

Happy New Year!

We at Better Ballot SC want to wish you a happy and healthy New Year! We are excited for all the great things that 2024 will bring to the instant runoff voting movement! Start the year off right and sign up for an event today!

Better Ballot SC Events

Phone banking for the Rally: Jan 9, 4pm. We need as many of our supporters as possible to know about the rally! Let's hit the phones and call, Call, CALL! There will be a short training followed by a Zoom call party!

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

IRV/RCV Day Rally: Jan 23, 2pm. This is our second annual rally. Use your voice to get our fellow South Carolinians MORE VOICE and MORE CHOICE! We'll be there from 2-4pm for speakers and demonstrations, plus IRV swag!

Please also join us for Lobbying Day (details TBD). We'll educate our legislators about IRV and invite them to visit the rally.

Statewide Strategy Call: Jan 24, 7pm. This will be our 3 year anniversary call! 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 Charleston!

 

News in Instant Runoff Voting

Charleston Resolution of Support

Unfortunately, the resolution did not pass, but we received a lot of coverage leading up to the vote. Every article is an additional moment of learning for South Carolinians: Live5News, ABCNews4, Post and Courier, Statehouse Report, Post and Courier: Editorial, Post and Courier: Letter to the Editor, and Post and Courier.

Ranked Choice Voting Approved (Arlington, VA): ARL Now

George Santos was expelled from congress. What happens now? FairVote

IRV Monthly Presidential Primary Polls

We're getting down to the wire! This is the last full month of polling before the primaries!

Take this month's polls today!

January Republican Primary Poll

January Democratic Primary Poll

Check out the round by round breakdown of the completed polls: Republicans Democrats

Share, SHARE, SHARE the polls! The more South Carolinians who vote in them the better! This poll will close at the end of December and we'll be launching a new one every month until the primaries are over.

This is a fantastic way to educate our fellow South Carolinians about instant runoff voting (aka ranked choice voting). Share, SHARE, SHARE!!!

 

Want to be more connected? Join our Slack channel!

 

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

BetterBallotSC BetterBallotSC · SC 29420, United States


Better Ballot Bulletin: December 15, 2023

BetterBallotSC

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.

Charleston Resolution

As part of our push on H.4022 (more details below), we have been encouraging municipalities to pass resolutions of support for instant runoff voting. Mayor Tecklenburg, in his last city council meeting, will introduce a resolution of support (Item I, 3).

We at Better Ballot SC would like to take this opportunity to thank Mayor Tecklenburg for introducing this meaningful resolution.

Immediate Action is Needed

Now is the time for the citizens of Charleston to speak out. Write your council members and speak at the public comments portion of the meetings. Click here to learn more.

 

Better Ballot SC Events

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

IRV/RCV Day Rally: Jan 23, 2pm. This is our second annual rally. Use your voice to get our fellow South Carolinians MORE VOICE and MORE CHOICE! We'll be there from 2-4pm for speakers and demonstrations, plus IRV swag!

Please also join us for Lobbying Day (details TBD). We'll educate our legislators about IRV and invite them to visit the rally.

Statewide Strategy Call: Jan 24, 7pm. This will be our 3 year anniversary call! 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 Charleston!

 

News in Instant Runoff Voting

Exit Surveys: Voters Love Ranked Choice Voting: FairVote (this link was not included in the last bulletin)

Ballotopedia dives deep into instant runoff voting: Ballotopedia's Info page, RCV deep dive begins, and Listen: RCV's long history and many different variations

NPR talks ranked choice voting: Ranked choice voting is being touted as a cure-all for U.S. deep partisan divides, Ranked Choice Voting May be Coming to an Election near You, and Ranked choice voting is the 'hot reform' in democracy. Here's what you should know about it

Editorial: Local elections went fairly well. This change would improve them: Post and Courier

Whew! There was a lot to cover in the busy holiday month!

IRV Monthly Presidential Primary Polls

There's still time to get your votes in for December!

Take this month's polls today!

December Republican Primary Poll

December Democratic Primary Poll

Check out the round by round breakdown of the completed polls: Republicans Democrats

Share, SHARE, SHARE the polls! The more South Carolinians who vote in them the better! This poll will close at the end of December and we'll be launching a new one every month until the primaries are over.

This is a fantastic way to educate our fellow South Carolinians about instant runoff voting (aka ranked choice voting). Share, SHARE, SHARE!!!

 

Want to be more connected? Join our Slack channel!

 

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

BetterBallotSC BetterBallotSC · SC 29420, United States


Better Ballot Bulletin: December 1, 2023

BetterBallotSC

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.

 

IRV Monthly Presidential Primary Polls

We have winners!

South Carolina voters have spoken again!

Check out the round by round breakdown. Plus, you can see previous month's results

Take this month's polls today!

December Republican Primary Poll

December Democratic Primary Poll

Share, SHARE, SHARE the polls! The more South Carolinians who vote in them the better! This poll will close at the end of December and we'll be launching a new one every month until the primaries are over.

This is a fantastic way to educate our fellow South Carolinians about instant runoff voting (aka ranked choice voting). Share, SHARE, SHARE!!!

 

Voters Choice Act

This act was reintroduced into the House of Representatives. It provides money for states to implement ranked choice voting. To learn more and to contact your congressional representatives about this great bill, check out this article from FairVote

Better Ballot SC Events

Canvassing at the Soda City Market: Dec 2, 10am. Join us for canvassing at the Soda City Market in Columbia. We'll bring the clipboards and pens, you bring the enthusiasm and smiles! We'll be speaking to market goers about the benefits of instant runoff voting (also known as ranked choice voting)

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

IRV/RCV Day Rally: Jan 23, 2pm. This is our second annual rally. Use your voice to get our fellow South Carolinians MORE VOICE and MORE CHOICE! We'll be there from 2-4pm for speakers and demonstrations, plus IRV swag!

Please also join us for Lobbying Day (details TBD). We'll educate our legislators about IRV and invite them to visit the rally.

Statewide Strategy Call: Jan 24, 7pm. This will be our 3 year anniversary call! 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 Charleston!

Other Events:

Over 10 Years of Fighting to Fix Our broken Political System: RepresentUs. December 6, 3pm. The December webinar will feature Bo Harmon, Campaign Advisor of RepresentUs. RepresentUs is a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization that aims to end political corruption by advocating for reforms such as voting right, ending gerrymandering, and campaign finance reform.It's run by volunteers and celebrities and has passed state and local laws to protect democracy.

 

News in Instant Runoff Voting

Ranked Choice Voting Sweeps Again on Election Day: Independent Voter Network

Exit Surveys: Voters Love Ranked Choice Voting: FairVote

Many voters say Congress is broken. Could proportional representation fix it? NPR

Editorial: A change North Charleston needs to make: Post and Courier

Myrtle Beach voters head back to the polls, but SC 'ranked choice' bill avoids runoffs altogether: ABC15 News

 

Want to be more connected? Join our Slack channel!

 

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

We have the support of the Municipal Association of South Carolina, but we want individual municipalities to show their support of this great electoral reform.

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.

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

BetterBallotSC BetterBallotSC · SC 29420, United States


Better Ballot Bulletin: November 15, 2023

BetterBallotSC

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.

 

IRV Monthly Presidential Primary Polls

Have you voted yet???

November Republican Primary Poll

November Democratic Primary Poll

Curious about previous months' results? Check out the round by round breakdown

Share, SHARE, SHARE the Republican poll! The more South Carolinians who vote in it the better! This poll will close at the end of November and we'll be launching a new one every month until the primaries are over.

This is a fantastic way to educate our fellow South Carolinians about instant runoff voting (aka ranked choice voting). Share, SHARE, SHARE!!!

IRV Polling is catching on! CBS News just did one!

 

Better Ballot SC Events

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

IRV/RCV Day Rally: Jan 23, 2pm. This is our second annual rally. Use your voice to get our fellow South Carolinians MORE VOICE and MORE CHOICE! We'll be there from 2-4pm for speakers and demonstrations, plus IRV swag!

Please also join us for Lobbying Day (details TBD). We'll educate our legislators about IRV and invite them to visit the rally.

Statewide Strategy Call: Jan 24, 7pm. This will be our 3 year anniversary call! 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 Charleston!

 

News in Instant Runoff Voting

Editorial: North Charleston averted an electoral disaster, or did it?: Post and Courier

Our View: Elections show need for new voting process: Charleston City Paper

Ranked Choice Voting Sweeps on Election Day: FairVote

How the Palestinians' flawed elections in 2006 destroyed chances for a two-state solution: DemocracySOS

Tips for talking to loved ones about democracy: Fulcrum

Tim Scott is out, ranked choice polling is in: FairVote

 

Want to be more connected? Join our Slack channel!

 

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

We have the support of the Municipal Association of South Carolina, but we want individual municipalities to show their support of this great electoral reform.

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.

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

BetterBallotSC BetterBallotSC · SC 29420, United States


Better Ballot Bulletin: November 1, 2023

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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.

 

IRV Presidential Primary Polls

Winner!

Check out the round by round breakdown

Wondering where the Democratic Poll results are? RFK, Jr dropped out of the Democratic Primary, making an IRV contest unnecessary. Worry not though. A new contender has entered the race: Dean Phillips. Vote below.

The new polls have launched! Please vote in yours today

November Republican Primary Poll

November Democratic Primary Poll

Share, SHARE, SHARE the Republican poll! The more South Carolinians who vote in it the better! This poll will close at the end of October and we'll be launching a new one every month until the primaries are over.

This is a fantastic way to educate our fellow South Carolinians about instant runoff voting (aka ranked choice voting). Share, SHARE, SHARE!!!

 

Better Ballot SC Events

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

Statewide Strategy Call: Jan 24, 7pm. This will be our 3 year anniversary call! 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 Charleston!

 

News in Instant Runoff Voting

Term Limits Won't Fix Congress - Here's What Might: NPR Politics Podcast (Around 14 minutes, they begin discussing ranked choice voting)

Editorial: 8 Picks for North Charleston City Council: Post & Courier (One of them even endorses IRV: Dan Gregory Dist 7)

What to Expect in November's Ranked Choice Voting Elections: Part 1: FairVote

Portland Mayor Kate Snyder endorses two candidates as her successor: WMTW (A great benefit of instant runoff voting)

Mike Pence Dropped Out: Instant Runoff Polling Can Tell Us Where His Voters Will Go: FairVote

 

Have you heard what's happening in Charleston and N. Charleston?

The Charleston mayoral election has 6 candidates and will likely go to a runoff. The North Charleston mayoral election has 10 candidates and the winner will almost certainly have significantly less than 50% of the vote.

This is a great opportunity to talk up instant runoff voting and we're mobilizing. Stay tuned for more interesting events around these elections. If you would like to learn more, email us at [email protected]

 

Want to be more connected? Join our Slack channel!

 

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

We have the support of the Municipal Association of South Carolina, but we want individual municipalities to show their support of this great electoral reform.

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.

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

BetterBallotSC BetterBallotSC · SC 29420, United States


Better Ballot Bulletin: October 15, 2023

BetterBallotSC

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.

 

IRV Presidential Primary Polls

Get your votes in now to vote for your favorite candidates!

October Republican Primary Poll

We have discontinued the Democratic Poll because there are now only two candidates running.

Share, SHARE, SHARE the Republican poll! The more South Carolinians who vote in it the better! This poll will close at the end of October and we'll be launching a new one every month until the primaries are over.

This is a fantastic way to educate our fellow South Carolinians about instant runoff voting (aka ranked choice voting). Share, SHARE, SHARE!!!

 

Better Ballot SC Events

Quarterly Board Meeting: Oct 19, 6pm. Join us at our quarterly board meeting where we'll discuss regular business. If you would like to contribute, please email us at [email protected].

Canvassing at SC PrideFest: Oct 21, 11am. Join us for canvassing at South Carolina PrideFest in Columbia. We'll bring the clipboards and pens, you bring the enthusiasm and smiles! We'll be speaking to festival attendees about the benefits of instant runoff voting. Scripts will be provided.

Statewide Strategy Call: Oct 25, 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 at Swamp Rabbit Brewery in Travelers Rest!

 

Have you heard what's happening in Charleston and N. Charleston?

The Charleston mayoral election has 6 candidates and will likely go to a runoff. The North Charleston mayoral election has 10 candidates and the winner will almost certainly have significantly less than 50% of the vote.

This is a great opportunity to talk up instant runoff voting and we're mobilizing. Stay tuned for more interesting events around these elections. If you would like to learn more, email us at [email protected]

News in Instant Runoff Voting

Vrigin Islands GOP using IRV for the Presidential Primary: Townhall

Memphis Mayor Elected with Just 28% of the vote. The City Needs IRV (a cautionary tale that we may see again in North Charleston come November: FairVote

New Ranked Choice Voting Poll Examines The Republican Presidential Field After Second Debate: FairVote

CCSD students ask Board of Trustees to stop bringing politics to the classroom. And they want instant runoff voting: ABCNews4

 

Want to be more connected? Join our Slack channel!

 

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

We have the support of the Municipal Association of South Carolina, but we want individual municipalities to show their support of this great electoral reform.

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.

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

BetterBallotSC BetterBallotSC · SC 29420, United States


Better Ballot Bulletin: October 1, 2023

BetterBallotSC

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.

September Poll Results

This month Haley maintained her top spot but Biden surpassed Williamson

IRV Presidential Primary Polls

Get your votes in now to vote for your favorite candidates!

October Republican Primary Poll

October Democratic Primary Poll

Share, SHARE, SHARE these polls! The more South Carolinians who vote in them the better! These polls will close at the end of September and we'll be launching a new one every month until the primaries are over.

This is a fantastic way to educate our fellow South Carolinians about instant runoff voting (aka ranked choice voting). Share, SHARE, SHARE!!!

 

News in Instant Runoff Voting

Multiple Utah Cities set to use instant runoff voting in next election: Public News Service

Ranked Choice Voting Solves the Dropout Problem in Lehi, Utah: FairVote

Do Third Parties Have a Place in the 2024 Presidential Election? Divided We Fall

Could Republican Primaries Benefit From Ranked Choice Voting? FairVote Action

Other Democracy News

Political theorist promotes "Our Common Purpose" plan to reinvent American Democracy: PBS Newshour

 

Better Ballot SC Events

Canvassing at SC PrideFest: Oct 15, 11am. Join us for canvassing at South Carolina PrideFest in Columbia. We'll bring the clipboards and pens, you bring the enthusiasm and smiles! We'll be speaking to festival attendees about the benefits of instant runoff voting (also known as ranked choice voting). Scripts will be provided.

Quarterly Board Meeting: Oct 19, 6pm. Join us at our quarterly board meeting where we'll discuss regular business. If you would like to contribute, please email us at [email protected].

Statewide Strategy Call: Oct 25, 7pm. Join us to recap the quarter and discuss the future. We have lots coming up. RSVP today. We're going *hybrid* again! Location TBD

Have you heard what's happening in Charleston and N. Charleston?

The Charleston mayoral election has 6 candidates and will likely go to a runoff. The North Charleston mayoral election has 10 candidates and the winner will almost certainly have significantly less than 50% of the vote.

This is a great opportunity to talk up instant runoff voting and we're mobilizing. Stay tuned for more interesting events around these elections. If you would like to learn more, email us at [email protected]

 

Want to be more connected? Join our Slack channel!

 

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

We have the support of the Municipal Association of South Carolina, but we want individual municipalities to show their support of this great electoral reform.

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.

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

BetterBallotSC BetterBallotSC · SC 29420, United States