Weekly Ezine Number 408
What Is Happening with Election Reform?
What Is Happening with Election Reform?
–One of the two Bills in the Missouri House of Representatives for Ranked Choice Voting is going to have a hearing on April 24 at 8:00 a.m. in the Missouri Capital. The Bill is HB 28 for mandating the use of RCV in local elections. The details haven’t been published yet, but they will be. You can see those details here. We continue to urge you if you haven’t done so already to contact your representatives in your state to express your desire to see RCV used in your state’s elections.
–FairVote.org just published a new video explaining how RCV works. We encourage you to view the video for yourself and then to share it as widely as possible.
–Maine continues to attempt expanding the use of RCV in their elections. If you watch the video in the middle of this article, you’ll note opponents claiming the RCV process is complicated for voters. That’s not true. All the exit polling where RCV is used indicate RCV voters found the process easy to understand and to follow. Those who make this claim do so in hopes of continuing to be able to win elections with only a plurality of the vote, not a majority. https://mainetoday.com/…/battle-ranked-choice-voting-foll…/…
–This article points out two of the primary benefits of Ranked Choice Voting (RCV) as experienced in Maine: Majority Winners and (eventually) less negative advertising in the time before elections.
–An excellent example of what can go wrong with a “Top Two” Primary system. Much better to let each party pick (using RCV) who they want to represent them in the general election and letting those party’s candidates compete in the general election (again using RCV).
–Two comments on this article. 1. Don’t listen to what people say. Instead watch what they do. 2. How do you call yourself a winner, a champion if you’re only able to win by limiting the opponents you compete against?
—Vermont is considering adopting RCV like Maine.
We Get Mad about Injustice in Sports—Why not Politics?
We get mad about injustice in the sports we care about. We wrote about injustice earlier this year regarding the blown calls in the NFL’s Conference Championship games. The question is this. Why do we get mad about injustice in sports, but not our politics? At least not mad enough to do something about the injustice.
Here are two articles about Kansas High School Athletics illustrating this point. Here is the first and the second. The conflict is not about politics, but it teaches a lesson that relates to politics.
The conflict is small schools in Kansas are not seeing a normal rotation of competitiveness in sports competition. Instead, small public schools in Kansas are being dominated by small private schools that get to recruit from larger urban populations. As a result, with a “we’re not going to take this anymore” kind of attitude, the schools being dominated are trying to change the rules to level the playing field.
The point being, our politics is being dominated by things like gerrymandering and dark money. Why aren’t we as voters resisting being dominated politically as the small Kansas public schools are resisting being dominated athletically? Those solutions are available. We show you what they are. But you have to speak up and talk about them with your friends. You have to demand those changes from elected officials. You have to find out what candidates will do about election reform before you vote for them. Otherwise, nothing will change and we’ll continue to struggle.
As we’ve written here before, the momentum for RCV is building nationwide. Be the smart one for your friends and neighbors. Be the one who tells them about RCV, instead of them telling you. They’ll thank you for it.
Let me add this. I know that today that talking about politics and elected officials can be contentious, especially now. I assure you, however, that talking about election reform and RCV is not contentious. People will immediately grasp that RCV is a better way to do our election business made possible by the technology we take for granted today and they’ll be glad you made them aware of a better alternative.
See you next time. We’ll talk about what happened at the hearing April 24.