There's much to see here regarding Ranked Choice Voting also referred to as Instant Runoff Voting in elections. So, take your time, look around. Then make sure to ask your questions.
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In the event you have the occasion to view anything promoting Ranked Choice Voting (RCV), also known as Instant Runoff Voting (IVR) in elections, you will see little in the way of good documentation and real history. You will be bombarded with cartoons, platitudes, assumptions and flowery language. Ours is an attempt to cut through the fog and haze of a perceived virtuous and Utopian process that is anything but this "wonderful, inclusive, diverse, better than fair, more democratic" scheme to manipulate your true vote and first choice preference.
It is a scam, a scheme being perpetrated especially on those who thought their votes would count. RCV solves no problem but rather creates them. Watch the video from Protect My Ballot and read on to see why. An organization called FairVote has been behind the push to implement Ranked Choice Voting.
This is a general explanation of how the Ranked Choice Voting scheme works. This will show you how a 3rd place candidate can win elections. Not the initial 1st choice, not the inital 2nd choice, but the initial 3rd choice. 3rd place in the initial round does not prove the winner is supported by a greater majority of the voters before the recalculation rounds and exhausted ballots.
Some suggest that RCV is merely a solution to a problem that doesn't exist but it may be perceived to be the rigged solution to not losing an election. In the observation of one political science professor at the University of Albany and a political and strategic consultant, " Could they be looking for a new electoral mechanism to give them a chance at victories they have not been able to secure in the traditional first-past-the-post system? " - New York Daily News.1.
In Bloomington, it seems the City Manager and Council felt they did not need to give any details on the pros and cons before voters went to the polls because for some reason it has to be rushed to this year's ballot. https://rcvscam.com/bloomington%2C-mn
While we know a foundationally-funded national organization, FairVote, with state and local affiliations, is behind the push for Ranked Choice Voting (RCV) everywhere, the opposition to it is bipartisan. Look what some high profile Democrats have had to say about RCV.
Walter F. Mondale, (D) former vice-president of the United States weighed in on Duluth's RCV proposed amendment in November 2015 where it was finally defeated 3 to 1. Mondale stated that RCV is not plain and simple, it is confusing and complex. He spoke to the 2013 Minneapolis Mayoral and Council races and said that 20% of the voters who came out did not get their vote counted and called that voter disenfranchisement. He went to so far as to say that RCV "favors elites who know how to work the new and complex system."(source 11)
California Governor Jerry Brown (D) on September 29, 2016 vetoed a Ranked Choice Voting bill because it "is overly complicated and confusing" and "it deprives voters of genuinely informed choice."
California Governor Gavin Newsom (D) a successor to former Governor Brown also refused to sign another attempt to require RCV for cities, counties and school districts on October 13, 2019. He cited the RCV experiments in several California charter cities as a basis for him finding that RCV "often led to voter confusion" and the "claim that RCV leads to greater democracy is not fulfilled".
City Council member Daneek Miller of New York City, and the City Council's Black, Latino and Asian Caucus gathered outside City Hall to speak out against Ranked Choice Voting and insisted there would be a negative impact on minorities and discourage candidates from hard campaigning. They pointed to difficulties in San Fransisco and the repeals in Vermont and Michigan.
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