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12 Runoffs in the SC Legislative Primaries Instant Runoff Voting Would Save Time and Money

June 12, 2024 Columbia, SC–Nineteen legislative races had more than two candidates in yesterday’s primaries.  Of those, 12 (63%) will require a runoff election in two weeks because no candidate received a majority of votes. In South Carolina every legislative primary election requires a majority-vote winner.  Many local, non-partisan elections also require a majority-winner. “These […]

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Conservative groups bash effort to allow ranked-choice voting

Post & Courier January 26, 2024 By Nick Reynolds COLUMBIA — South Carolina lawmakers are considering bipartisan legislation to allow municipalities the option to adopt a ranked-choice “instant runoff” system to elect some local offices amid concerns over high-cost, low-turnout runoff elections some communities face each year. The bill, sponsored by Columbia Democratic Rep. Jermaine Johnson and Easley

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Debate on instant runoff voting continues in Charleston, experts weigh in

WCSC-TV (Charleston, SC) December 26, 2023 Watch Video By Molly McBride CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCSC) – After a push to allow instant runoff voting in South Carolina, one state representative from the Lowcountry is warning against the highly debated election method. Instant runoff voting, or ranked-choice voting, is an election method that’s not currently allowed in South Carolina. Here’s

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Charleston is first to seek instant-runoff voting

Statehouse Report December 15, 2023 By Skyler Baldwin   Statewide advocacy groups are lauding a coming proposal by Charleston leaders who are asking the state legislature to allow municipalities to use instant-runoff voting, also known as ranked-choice voting, in future local elections. Such a move would void the need for costly runoffs, say groups backing

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Outgoing Charleston Mayor John Tecklenburg to urge SC to support a new way to vote

Charleston Post and Courier December 14, 2023 By Ali Rockett At his final City Council meeting, Charleston Mayor John Tecklenburg plans to introduce a resolution supporting a change to the way South Carolina voters elect their local officials. The resolution, which was released Dec. 14 ahead of the council’s Dec. 19 meeting, calls on the state’s

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Instant Runoff Voting bill proposed to ‘efficiently’ choose local leaders

WCIV-TV December 14, 2023 Watch Video by Lauren Lennon CHARLESTON COUNTY, S.C. (WCIV) — A different way to choose local leaders could be in the works with State House Bill 4022. The bill would permit South Carolina municipalities to adopt a process known as Instant Runoff Voting. The system would allow voters to rank first and last

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Organizations advocate for alternate election system in Charleston

Live 5 WCSC December 14, 2023 Watch Video By Molly McBride CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCSC) – Several statewide organizations are advocating for Instant Runoff Voting to be allowed in South Carolina. As the bill works through the Legislature, Charleston City Council is set to vote on a resolution Tuesday that calls on the state to pass

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Statewide groups hold press conference urging Charleston City Council to support Mayor Tecklenburg’s resolution on Instant Runoff Voting

December 16, 2023 On December 14th, four statewide organizations held a press conference in Charleston, SC, to support Mayor John Tecklenburg’s upcoming resolution calling on the state legislature to give municipalities the option to use instant runoff voting in local elections. See the below press release. The press conference received significant media attention: WCSC–Organizations advocate

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Webinar: How to get ranked choice voting adopted straight from a well known Republican

Ranked Choice Voting will strengthen democracy (and save government money by eliminating runoffs) But how to get it adopted Webinar: October 4th, 3PM ET Register: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZYsdOuprjkrGNwEkbrD1qeJfJyfq61HSEdV#/registration You don’t need to hear more about what ranked choice voting is or how it is good for democracy.  You need to know the politics of getting your state

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Weigh in on your preferred candidates for President September poll is live

September 7, 2023 Let the media know your preferences for President by taking our September ranked choice voting poll (also called instant runoff voting). Our August poll results were covered by the South Carolina press (here, here and here). The monthly rolling presidential poll, sponsored by the SC Small Business Chamber of Commerce and Better

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