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Ranked-Choice Voting News Roundup - July 2024

by Staff

Welcome to our weekly news roundup, where we highlight the top stories surrounding ranked-choice voting—both opposing and supporting—throughout the nation.


Week of July 7

Idahoans for Open Primaries initiative has enough signatures to qualify for November ballot

Idaho Capital Sun | July 10, 2024

A ballot initiative to end Idaho’s closed primary elections and create a ranked-choice voting system for the general election has enough signatures to appear on the ballot for the Nov. 5 general election, the Idaho Secretary of State’s Office announced Wednesday. 

In Idaho, ballot initiatives are a form of direct democracy where the people vote on whether or not to pass a law, independent of the Idaho Legislature.  

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Richmond Agrees to Ranked-Choice Voting Ballot Measure

Contra Costa News | July 8, 2024

The Richmond City Council agreed to place a ranked choice voting ballot measure before voters this November.

The ballot measure was approved on July 2 in a 5-0 vote with Vice Mayor Claudia Jimenez and Councilmember Soheila Bana absent.

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Signatures submitted for Arizona initiative that would eliminate partisan primaries, possibly enact ranked-choice voting

Ballotpedia News | July 8, 2024

In Arizona, a campaign for a ballot initiative that would eliminate partisan primaries submitted signatures on July 3, 2024. 

Make Elections Fair, the campaign sponsoring the initiative, submitted 584,124 signatures to state officials. At least 383,923 signatures must be verified for the initiative to make the ballot.

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Week of June 30

Trial concludes in challenge to Alaska ranked choice voting repeal petition

Anchorage Daily News | July 3, 2024

A trial concluded Wednesday in a case that could determine whether Alaskans get to vote later this year on keeping the state’s ranked choice voting and nonpartisan primary system.

The voting system was narrowly adopted by Alaskans in a 2020 ballot initiative and first used in 2022. Shortly after, a group of conservative Alaskans launched a new ballot initiative to repeal the voting method and return to closed primaries and traditional pick-one general elections. Since then, the organizers of the repeal effort have been plagued by allegations of violating Alaska’s law concerning campaign ethics and signature collection.

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Idaho open primaries supporters submit signatures to state for final round of verification

Idaho Capital Sun | July 2, 2024

Members of Idahoans for Open Primaries submitted their signatures to the Idaho Secretary of State’s Office for final verification on Tuesday, with supporters feeling optimistic they would qualify their ballot initiative for the Nov. 5 general election.

In Idaho, ballot initiatives are a form of direct democracy where the people vote on whether or not to pass a law, independent of the Idaho Legislature.

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Petition to change D.C. elections gets thousands of signatures. What's next?

The Washington Post | July 1, 2024

Carrying thousands of petitions in black cases, some stacked in a red Radio Flyer wagon, supporters of major changes to D.C. elections delivered more than 40,000 signatures to the Board of Elections in Navy Yard on Monday for a ballot initiative to bring ranked-choice voting to D.C. elections and to allow registered independents to vote in primaries.

If enough signatures are found to be valid, Initiative 83 would appear on the November ballot — and if voters approve it, I-83 could shake up D.C. elections. Under the proposal, the primaries would be opened up to thousands more people, and the tabulation of votes on election night would be changed. Currently, more than 70,000 registered independents can’t participate in any primaries, including theDemocratic primary, which in deep-blue D.C. is often the decisive race. Meanwhile, ranked-choice voting would allow voters to rank candidates by preference, a method intended to ensure that the winner receives more than 50 percent of the vote.

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Recent News

Will DC fall victim to ranked-choice voting?

by Harry Roth

Basics of RCV

The Status of Ranked-Choice Voting

Recent News

Ranked-choice voting returns to Arlington County

by Harry Roth

From the States

Missouri voters poised to ban RCV and non-citizen voting

by Harry Roth

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