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
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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:
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]
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
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