The CT Legislature has an opportunity to move legislation supporting Ranked Choice Voting (“RCV”) forward in Connecticut. The first hurdle is on February 28th.
I am writing to ask you to reach out to the Chairs and Ranking members on the Connecticut General Assembly’s Government Administration and Elections Committee (“GAE”). The GAE is the committee that would need to take up the bill. We have also created a petition that can easily be signed and shared!
Implementation of RCV accomplishes the following
Encourages more candidates to run
Increases voter choice
Assures that the majority rules in races involving more than two candidates
Reduces partisanship and polarization
Eliminates the “spoiler” argument and the basis for any voter concern about wasting their vote
Increases voter turnout
Want to learn more? Here is a 3-minute video that Represent Us put out a few years back explaining how RCV works.
The bill we favor would adopt RCV in Federal Congressional races and give municipalities the option to enact it in single-winner races in their towns. It does not ask for RCV for state elections at this time, as that would arguably require a constitutional amendment.
The proposed legislation, in the form of a “Strikethrough” amendment to a pending bill that proposes a “study” of RCV, is here.
Please find below the list of GAE members and also a draft letter that you can feel free to send to express your support, please let us know when you have sent it so we can keep track
RCV has been put in place in states like Washington, Alaska, and Maine. Currently, there is draft legislation in Connecticut to study RCV. We believe it is time to implement RCV.
Griebel-Frank For CT, part of the SAM (Serve America Movement) Alliance
Current Chairs and Ranking members of GAE Committee-
Flexer, Mae (D)
Towns: Brooklyn, Canterbury, Killingly, Mansfield, Putnam, Scotland, Thompson & Windham
Fox, Daniel J. (D)
Haskell, Will (D)
Towns: Bethel, New Canaan, Redding, Ridgefield, Weston, Westport, Wilton
Thomas, Stephanie (D)
Towns: Norwalk, Westport, Wilton
Sampson, Rob (R)
Towns: Cheshire, Prospect, Southington, Waterbury and Wolcott
Draft letter to legislators:
I write to indicate my strong support to pass legislation this session that implements Ranked Choice Voting (“RCV”) at the federal and local levels. I support the strike-through of the Ranked Choice Voting study amendment with language that implements – rather than studies – RCV.
I strongly believe that RCV will have a positive impact on improving our political discourse and our options as voters.
Thank you for your consideration.