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Campaign for Instant Runoff Voting in New Mexico

Campaign for Instant Runoff Voting in New Mexico

by Tabitha Hall, Albuquerque Greens, New Mexico Spurred on by their recent successes at the polls, New Mexico Greens took the lead in 1997-98 to push for meaningful electoral reform. Their legislative committee set the stage for a statewide, multi-partisan effort to institute ëInstant Runoff Votingí (IRV) for municipal and all state executive offices. IRV is a system in which the voter ranks the candidates in a particular race according to the voter’s preference. Each voter ranks the candidates, 1,…

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Instant Runoff Voting advances in Colorado

Instant Runoff Voting advances in Colorado

By the Green Party of Colorado Hailing the passage of a new state law encouraging local governments to use Instant Runoff Voting,†Colorado Green Party members have†called on†cities and counties†around the state to implement ranked voting methods in upcoming elections. In May, Governor Bill Ritter signed into law HB08-1378. It was championed by state Representative John Kefalas (D-Fort Collins) and former Green. The Voter Choice Act permits†cities and counties†to use ranked voting methods, and requires the Secretary of State to create…

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Ranked choice voting approved by Santa Fe voters

Ranked choice voting approved by Santa Fe voters

By Rick Lass, Green Party of New Mexico The Green Party of Santa Fe scored a major win on March 4 with the adoption of seven charter amendments, including both public financing of elections and ranked choice voting. This victory adds to the local Green Partyís string of policy reforms going back a dozen years, including creation of a local transit system, repeal of the gross receipts taxes on food and medical services and adoption of the nationís highest minimum…

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