Instant runoff voting; provided in elections for statewide offices. (HB2315)

Introduced By

Del. Nick Freitas (R-Culpeper)

Progress

Introduced
Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law

Description

Instant runoff voting. Provides for instant runoff voting in elections for statewide offices, the United States Senate, the United States House of Representatives, and the General Assembly. With instant runoff voting, voters rank the candidates for each office in order of choice, and only the candidate receiving a majority of the votes for such office is declared the winner. Ballots are initially counted as one vote for the first-choice candidate on the ballot; if no candidate receives a majority of the first-choice votes, additional rounds of ballot counting are required. In subsequent rounds of counting, each ballot is counted as one vote for that ballot's highest-ranked advancing candidate and the candidate receiving the fewest votes is eliminated, until one candidate receives a majority of the valid votes in a round. Read the Bill »

Outcome

Bill Has Failed

History

DateAction
01/12/2017Committee
01/12/2017Presented and ordered printed 17101738D
01/12/2017Referred to Committee on Privileges and Elections
01/16/2017Assigned P & E sub: Campaigns
01/26/2017Impact statement from DPB (HB2315)
01/26/2017Subcommittee recommends laying on the table
02/08/2017Left in Privileges and Elections

Comments

Audrey Clement writes:

As past co-chair of the Green Party of Virginia I support this bill and urge its adoption to more equitably represent the views of the voters of this Commonwealth.

Scott Burger writes:

Excellent!

Waldo Jaquith writes:

Bravo to Del. Freitas for introducing this bill. It threatens every single incumbent, so it's destined to die a quick death in P&E. (Unless it gets lots of attention. Then it will be re-referred to Rules, where it will never have a hearing.)

Susann Eastridge writes:

I strongly support this bill. Finally, citizens would have a say in selecting the best candidate from among all those running for election. This is real democracy.

Michelle Hall writes:

Please support this bill. Voters are discouraged about being forced to vote for the lesser of two evils, or to vote as if we're betting on horses. Let us vote our consciences, and more of us will vote.

Timothy Dempsey writes:

This is a very important bill. We need more competitive elections, especially in light of all the gerrymandering and declining turnout. Maine recently passed a referendum making RCV the law of the land there, and we should do the same. According to research by electoral reform advocacy organization Fair Vote, IRV has been shown to promote majority support, discourage negative campaigning, provide more choice for voters, minimize strategic voting, mitigate the impact of money in politics, and promote reflective representation.

Aryou Kiddn writes:

Poll Tax? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D4zh3PeKoXs

Larry Maxwell writes:

Please support HB2315 (Instant Runoff Voting). It will open up the political process in VA, and make our elections more democratic.

Stephen Davies writes:

Please support HB2315. The ONLY reason I can think of for not supporting it is so that the parties in power can remain in power at the expense of genuine democracy for the citizenry.

Billy Chase writes:

I support this bill as it will curb negative campaigning and candidates can focus on real issues. It will also stamp out gerrymandering which is an unfair tactic to win election seats.