This sounds like a good idea except....
The big "except" is that to the best of my knowledge Missouri election law
does not provide for runoffs in any elections, and, if I'm correct, then
this would be a moot point.
I've been a voter here in Boone County since the early 70s and have never
encountered any runoffs.
Does anyone know if there are any runoff provisions in any Missouri
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Columbia, MO 65201
Sent: Friday, March 25, 2005 3:41 PM
Subject: [InstantRunoffMO] Action to Take on Ranked Absentee Ballots
Action to Take on Ranked Absentee Ballots
Earlier this month, Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee signed legislation
providing for overseas military voters to receive ranked absentee ballots
in all federal, state and local elections that might have a runoff.
Proposed by Republican legislator Horace Hardwick, this bill enjoyed
widespread bi-partisan support and passed with only one dissenting vote in
the legislature. This bill, HB 1770, presents a solution to the problem of
overseas military personnel being excluded from runoff elections. With a
limited amount of time between the primary and runoff elections, there is
often only a brief window for states to calculate the results of the
initial vote, print new ballots and mail them to absentee voters while
allowing sufficient time for the ballots to be returned in time to be
counted. In the 2000 presidential election, nearly 30% of registered
military voters did not receive a ballot, or received it too late.
In this system, the ballots sent abroad allow voters to rank their
preference for all the candidates in the primary. In the event of a runoff,
the remaining candidate who received a higher ranking from the voter is
awarded the vote. A similar system has been in place for over a decade in
Louisiana, where the ranked ballots have been made available to
out-of-state military voters as well as all overseas voters, both military
and civilian. In 2004, over 10,000 Louisiana voters were issued ranked
The text of the Arkansas bill can be found online at:
We urge everyone to contact their legislators and inform them of this
solution, and to advise that they show the same leadership by fighting to
adopt similar legislation.
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