Our first canvass for Ranked Choice Voting is going to be next week on Saturday. We'll be hitting the streets to tell NYC voters about Question 1 on the ballot. We'll be providing flyers at the location, and there will be a brief training on how to talk to voters about the ballot initiative. Volunteers will also be sent materials ahead of time, including a breakdown of RCV, Q&A, and a canvassing script. At this event you will: educate the public on Ranked Choice Voting, learn how to use canvassing to engage voters on important issues and connect with existing members of the chapter.
Location: UWS Manhattan, W 96th and Broadway, New York, NY 10025
If Democrats were given the opportunity to vote for more than one candidate among those seeking the presidential nomination, then Elizabeth Warren would win, according to a poll out Thursday by advocates of ranked-choice voting.
The unusual survey is sure to be cited not only by the Massachusetts senator – as evidence she enjoys more widespread enthusiasm than her rivals, and the potential to expand her base as the field shrinks -- but also by those who say democracy is better served by a voting system that rewards consensus candidates.
Mainers will be the first voters in the country to use ranked-choice voting in a presidential general election, after Gov. Janet Mills announced she would accept legislation allowing the new system.
Mills, a Democrat, announced Friday that she would permit a bill passed during a special legislative session in August to become law without her signature. But she said it would not take effect until after the 2020 Democratic primary.
By delaying the law's start date, Mills said she was hoping the Maine legislature would appropriate additional funds and take whatever other steps are needed for its implementation. One outlet reported the cost would be about $100,000.
Add Jacksonville, the fourth biggest city in Florida, to the list of communities where activists are attempting to implement ranked-choice voting to encourage more participation and less rancor in politics.
And within days, a new statewide organization promoting the increasingly popular alternative to the traditional vote-for-one candidate system is expected to be announced.
But both efforts are likely to face legal obstacles that could hobble the latest democracy reform drive in the nation's most populous politically purple state.