Pacific Green Party supports Ranked Choice Voting legislation

The Pacific Green Party of Oregon endorsed Ranked Choice Voting legislation; three House Bills sponsored by Representative Dan Rayfield would implement Ranked Choice Voting at the state, county and municipal levels. A Senate Bill sponsored by Senator Golden formally allows counties to use Ranked Choice Voting.

Ranked Choice Voting is a proven electoral reform that enhances voter choice, eliminates the third party spoiler effect, and saves on the cost of staging run-off elections. In addition, with secure off-grid electronic counting, and Oregon’s paper ballot, elections can be authenticated for accuracy very efficiently.

The Pacific Greens are making a full court press to get the word out about the House and Senate Bills:
-- HB 2678 which creates RCV for nonpartisan offices & major party primaries
-- HB 2685 which creates RCV for use in military & overseas ballots
-- HB 2686 which requires that all future voting tabulator purchases include capability for RCV
-- SB 343, sponsored by Senator Golden, allows counties to use RCV.

“We are inviting our members to write to their elected representatives and request the bills get a hearing, and be passed into law,” said Nathalie Paravicini, PGP spokesperson for Ranked Choice Voting.
“If the legislators won’t pass the bills into law, Plan B is to ask for a ballot referral,” said Mary Geddry, State Coordinating Committee Cochair.

Oregon Ranked Choice Voting Advocates, a nonprofit and nonpartisan organization, is working to educate the public about the advantages of this more democratic voting method.  See https://www.oregonrcv.org/about/
Meanwhile, PGP encourages all Oregonians to write to their elected representatives and show their support for Ranked Choice Voting legislation.

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