Better Ballot Bulletin: May 15, 2023


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 in SC.


H.4022 News

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!

Summer Campaign


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.

Letter to the Editors are a great way to get the word out. We're hosting a training on June 7. Join us to learn the ins and outs of letter writing


News in Instant Runoff Voting

IRV in the Presidential Election: New Polling Shows Voters are Ready for RCV in Presidential Primary Elections: FairVote & 61% of Voters Interested in Ranking in Presidential Primaries, Poll Finds: FairVote & Citizen Data: Most Voters Want to Rank Their Presidential Candidates: Independent Voter Network

What is One Person, One Vote: League of Women Voters

Parties, Get Stronger Nominees with Ranked Choice Voting: FairVote Action

Virginia Republicans Still Using IRV: The Virgina-Pilot

Ranked Choice Voting and Education: 90 Persurasive and Powerful Topics (#56): Teaching Expertise & Current Topics: Nation Speech and Debate Association


Better Ballot SC Events

Tim Scott Announcement Canvass: May 22. The presidential election season is well underway! Join us to speak to engaged South Carolinians about how IRV can fix vote splitting and bring more civility to politics.

Letter to the Editor Training: June 7, 7pm. Writing letters to the editor can be intimidating, but it doesn't have to be. Join Nicole Sanchez, President of Better Ballot SC, to learn the ins and outs of writing letters to the editor. This includes content and timing

Trivia at Republic Biergarten: June 14, 7:30pm. Join us for a Better Ballot Meeting at 7:30 followed by Biergarten hosted trivia at 8. Meet your local IRV supporters and hopefully win the trivia prize ($50 gift certificate)! Let's win this!

Quarterly Meeting of the Board: July 19, 7:30pm. 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 TBD.

Looking to get involved before then? Contact us at [email protected]

Want to be more connected? Join our Slack channel!

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

BetterBallotSC BetterBallotSC · SC 29420, United States

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