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DID ANY OF YOU SEE THIS? CAN ANYONE DO THIS? FW: [instantrunoff] Missouri instant runoff voting legislation has hearing on Monday / anyone up for tesifying?

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  • Mark Haim
    Hello friends, I don t know how many of you were on the receiving end of the message below, but in case you haven t seen it, it is important and time
    Message 1 of 1 , Mar 29, 2008
      Hello friends,
       
      I don't know how many of you were on the receiving end of the message below, but in case you haven't seen it, it is important and time sensitive.
       
      Unfortunately, I'm already committed in Monday and can't do this.
       
      Can any of you?
       
      Time is short and it would be really good to get folks out for this. Note that it is 2 p.m. this Monday.
       
      All the best,
      Mark Haim
       
       
      -----Original Message-----
      From: instantrunoff@yahoogroups.com [mailto:instantrunoff@yahoogroups.com]On Behalf Of Rob Richie
      Sent: Saturday, March 29, 2008 3:35 PM
      To: instantrunoff@yahoogroups.com
      Subject: [instantrunoff] Missouri instant runoff voting legislation has hearing on Monday / anyone up for tesifying?

      Folks,

      Apologies for the late notice, but we were called on Friday to alert us to legislation in Missouri to implement instant runoff voting for federal and state elections this year. That's a tall order on the implementation side for this timing, but we're thrilled to see the legislation moving forward.

      Below is a description of the bill, along with a similar bill in the house that has a number of co-sponsors. We were called to see if anyone might be able to go to testify for a 2 pm hearing on MOnday. If so, there is plenty of good information at:

      www.fairvote. org./irv
      www.instantrunoff. com

      There is some 2001 sample testimony posted here:
      http://www.fairvote .org/?page= 1511

      Note that a bill to implement instant runoff voting for US House and Senate races is going to the Vermont governor this week after clearing the legislature this month.

      If interested, please let me know if you'd like additional information.
      best regards,
      Rob Richie, FairVote
       
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      http://www.senate. mo.gov/08info/ BTS_Web/Bill. aspx?SessionType =R&BillID=148963

      SB 1231          Implements instant runoff voting
      Sponsor:         Loudon   Co-Sponsor(s)   
      LR Number:       5277S.01I        Fiscal Note:    
      Committee:       Financial & Governmental Organizations and Elections             
      Last Action:     3/31/2008 - Hearing Scheduled S Financial & Governmental Organizations and Elections Committee   Journal Page:   
      Title:            Calendar Position:      
      Effective Date:          August 28, 2008                  
                       

      Full Bill Text   |        All Actions      |        Available Summaries      |        Senate Home Page         |        List of 2008 Senate Bills

      Current Bill Summary

      SB 1231 - This act requires a system of instant runoff voting in all primary, general, and special elections where there are three or more candidates running for the office of President and Vice President; United States Senate or House of Representatives; Governor, Lieutenant Governor, Attorney General, Secretary of State, Auditor, or State Senator or Representative.

      Under this system, voters rank the candidates and only a candidate with a majority of first choice rankings shall be elected or nominated. If no candidate has a majority, the lowest ranked candidate drops out and the next highest rankings on those ballots are attributed to the other candidates accordingly, until a candidate achieves a majority.

      CHRIS HOGERTY


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      http://www.house. mo.gov/billtrack ing/bills081/ biltxt/intro/ HB2089I.HTM


      SECOND REGULAR SESSION

      HOUSE BILL NO. 2089

      94TH GENERAL ASSEMBLY


       

      INTRODUCED BY REPRESENTATIVES ZIMMERMAN (Sponsor), OXFORD, DAUS, HARRIS (110), LeVOTA, NORR AND YAEGER (Co-sponsors) .

                        Read 1st time February 12, 2008 and copies ordered printed.

      D. ADAM CRUMBLISS, Chief Clerk

      3204L.01I

       

      AN ACT

      To amend chapter 115, RSMo, by adding thereto one new section relating to instant runoff voting.



      Be it enacted by the General Assembly of the state of Missouri, as follows:

                  Section A. Chapter 115, RSMo, is amended by adding thereto one new section, to be known as section 115.438, to read as follows:

                  115.438. 1. As used in this section, the following terms mean:

                  (1) "Continuing ballot", a ballot that has not been exhausted by the instant runoff vote;

                  (2) "Continuing candidate", a candidate who has not been eliminated by the instant runoff vote;

                  (3) "Exhausted ballot", a ballot upon which all of the choices have been eliminated or upon which no more choices are indicated;

                  (4) "Instant runoff vote", a procedure of voting as described in this section that requires a candidate to receive a majority rather than a plurality of the votes cast for a particular office before the candidate takes office, and that allows voters to elect a candidate by casting ranked-choice ballots in the event no candidate for a state office receives a majority of the votes cast for such state office;

                  (5) "Ranked-choice ballot", a ballot that allows voters to vote for candidates and to rank a number of choices in order of preference equal to the total number of candidates for each office in the event an instant runoff vote is required after the votes are first counted under this chapter;

                  (6) "State office", the offices of governor, lieutenant governor, secretary of state, state auditor, state treasurer, attorney general, state representative, and state senator.

                  2. All primary and general elections for state offices shall be by ranked-choice ballots and the instant runoff vote established in this section. No candidate for any state office shall be nominated or certified under this chapter unless such candidate has received a majority of the votes cast in the election for such state office.

                  3. Ranked-choice ballots shall be used for all primary and general elections for state office. If the voting system used cannot feasibly accommodate choices equal to the total number of candidates running for each state office, then the secretary of state may limit the number of choices a voter may rank to no fewer than three. The ballot shall in no way interfere with a voter's ability to cast a write-in vote for a candidate.

                  4. Votes for all candidates for state office shall be counted and recorded as provided in this chapter, and shall be certified in the following manner:

                  (1) If a candidate receives a majority of the first choices after the first count of votes under this chapter, that candidate shall be certified as the winner;

                  (2) If no candidate receives a majority after the first count, the candidate who received the fewest first choices shall be eliminated and each vote cast for that candidate shall be transferred to the next ranked candidate on that voter's ballot. If, after this transfer of votes, any candidate has a majority of the votes from the continuing ballots, that candidate shall be certified as the winner;

                  (3) If no candidate receives a majority of votes from the continuing ballots after a candidate has been eliminated and such candidate's votes have been transferred to the next ranked candidate, the continuing candidate with the fewest votes from the continuing ballots shall be eliminated. All votes cast for that candidate shall be transferred to the next ranked continuing candidate on each voter's ballot. This process of eliminating candidates and transferring of votes to the next ranked continuing candidates shall be repeated until a candidate receives a majority of the votes from the continuing ballots;

                  (4) If the total number of votes of the two or more candidates credited with the lowest number of votes is less than the number of votes credited to the candidate with the next highest number of votes, those candidates with the lowest number of votes shall be eliminated simultaneously and their votes transferred to the next ranked continuing candidate on each ballot in a single counting operation;

                  (5) A tie between two or more candidates shall be resolved in accordance with this chapter.

                  5. No exhausted ballot shall be counted in further stages of the tabulation. If a ranked-choice ballot gives equal rank to two or more candidates, the ballot shall be declared exhausted when such multiple rankings are reached. If a voter casts a ranked-choice ballot but skips a rank, the voter's vote shall be transferred to that voter's next ranked choice.

                  6. All methods of voting and tabulating of votes for state offices authorized under this chapter shall accommodate ranked-choice ballots for instant runoff votes.

                  7. All statutes and regulations governing voting procedures and ballots under this chapter shall govern instant runoff voting and ranked-choice ballots as determined by the secretary of state.

                  8. The secretary of state shall conduct a voter education campaign to familiarize voters with the ranked-choice or instant runoff vote system.

                  9. The secretary of state shall promulgate rules to implement the provisions of this section. Any rule or portion of a rule, as that term is defined in section 536.010, RSMo, that is created under the authority delegated in this section shall become effective only if it complies with and is subject to all of the provisions of chapter 536, RSMo, and, if applicable, section 536.028, RSMo. This section and chapter 536, RSMo, are nonseverable and if any of the powers vested with the general assembly under chapter 536, RSMo, to review, to delay the effective date, or to disapprove and annul a rule are subsequently held unconstitutional, then the grant of rulemaking authority and any rule proposed or adopted after August 28, 2008, shall be invalid and void.

                  10. Notwithstanding any other provision of law to the contrary, this section shall govern all primary and general elections for state office held after January 1, 2009



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      Rob Richie
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