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.
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. As the legislative session is winding down, the window to pass H.4022 is disappearing, but that does not mean the effort is over.
This year, we had a bill introduced and that is a great achievement. We need to work hard so that when it is reintroduced next year, we will be successful.
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. That's why we're having our first Speaking with Elected Officials Training. This training will help walk you through the ins and outs of pitching IRV to elected officials.
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 to show the legislature that this should be passed. Unsure how to proceed? Attend out Speaking with Elected Officials Training.
The South Carolina Small Business Chamber of Commerce has recently joined our coalition, bringing us to 14 organizations strong!
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. Check out our guide.
News in Instant Runoff Voting
Why Conservatives Shouldn't Fear Ranked Choice Voting: Real Clear Politics
Editorial: North Charleston must fix its flawed city elections while it still can: Post and Courier
Editorial: SC House has time to fix a small election glitch thus year, maybe a larger one too: Post and Courier
Tax Day Blues: Expensive Runoff Could Be Replaced by Ranked Choice Voting: FairVote
Former Congressman Adam Kinzinger speaks on campus: The Dartmouth
Better Ballot SC Events
Talking to Elected Officials Training: May 2, 7pm. Speaking to our representatives can be intimidating. This training is designed to walk you through the process. Join us via Zoom.
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.
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Thank you for reading,
Better Ballot Bulletin: May 1, 2023
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