FairVote Washington will kick off its campaign to bring ranked choice voting to Clark County with a virtual event on Tuesday. The group is working to pass a charter amendment implementing preferential choice voting for county elected officials scheduled for the November general election ballot.
Ranked-choice voting allows voters to rank the candidates on their ballot in any order they prefer; first choice, second choice, third choice, etc. If a voter’s first choice does not win, a vote for their next choice is counted.
The amendment is placed on the ballot by the county charter review board. According to the commission, preferential choice voting allows for more civility, more diversity, increased voter engagement and more choice on the ballot.
While Maine is currently the only state to allow ranked choice voting statewide, others like Wyoming and Nevada used it in the 2020 presidential primaries. Dozens of other cities and counties allow preferential voting in local elections.
A bill was introduced in the 2022 legislative session by State Senator Yasmin Trudeau, D-Tacoma, to allow preferential choice voting for county, city, town, school, district, and county elections. fire department and harbor district offices. He walked out of the committee but was never called to a vote.
The campaign kick-off begins at 6 p.m. To register, go to https://bit.ly/3tmrkgV.