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.
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News in Instant Runoff Voting
Here's what happened in New York City's RCV Elections: FairVote
Why do voters have to pick a Republican or a Democrat?: The Conversation, Curious Kids
The Power of Rage-Based Fundraising: Axios
Connecticut just allowed the use of proportional ranked choice voting (aka single transferable vote): FairVote
Here from the man who first implemented IRV in Utah: Business for Democracy (bottom webinar)
Ranked Choice Voting Could Be Coming to Oregon: FairVote
Better Ballot SC Events
Phonebanking: July 19. We're calling supporters! Join us via Zoom to make calls.
Quarterly Meeting of the Board: July 19, 6pm. We will be conducting usual business. If you are interested in speaking, please email us at [email protected]
Statewide Strategy Call: July 26, 7pm. Join us to recap the quarter and discuss the future. We have lots coming up. RSVP today. We're going *hybrid* again! If you're near Columbia, join us in person. If not, join us via Zoom. Location: Beef O'Brady's
Future Events to Get Excited About
IRV Lunch and Learn: Sept 26. Join President of Better Ballot SC Nicole Sanchez & Head of the Greenville County Elections Office Conway Belangia at the September 26th Lunch and Learn. These sessions are free and open to the public as a part of the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at Furman University. Herring Center for Lifelong Learning.
Looking to get involved before then? Contact us at [email protected]
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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 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.
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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