FairVote to host three island meetings about ranked-choice voting

Submitted by FairVote Washington.

FairVote Washington would like to invite folks to join it for upcoming information sessions on Orcas, Lopez and San Juan about ranked-choice voting. Non-partisan nonprofit FairVote Washington is working to bring ranked-choice voting to Washington state. RCV is a simple, non-partisan way to help put power back into the voters’ hands, increase civility in politics, and improve the nation’s democracy. It’s also an effective way to lower primary and run-off elections costs. And FairVote would like to show you how it works.

Ranked-choice voting is also sometimes called instant runoff voting, which says a lot about how it works. On a ranked-choice ballot, instead of voting for one candidate, you would get to rank the candidates in your order of preference: 1, 2, 3 and so on. If no candidate gets more than 50 percent of the first-place votes, the last-place candidate is eliminated. If that was your candidate, your vote is transferred to your second choice. That process of elimination continues until one candidate has a majority and is declared the winner. A candidate can still win on the first round with an outright majority, and voters can still vote for one candidate if they prefer.

The WA Local Options Bill (HB1722 and SB5708) would allow localities to try ranked-choice voting. FairVote will tell you all about that and the group’s other efforts at three upcoming presentations on Orcas, Lopez and San Juan islands. All are welcome, regardless of party or political views. Ranked-choice voting is about improving democracy, not partisanship or taking sides.

FairVote Washington communications lead Liz Smith of Friday Harbor and FairVote Washington Chair Lisa Ayrault will be at all of the presentations. Let us answer your questions about this simple, non-partisan voting reform. If you can’t make it in person, please find us at www.fairvotewa.org.

• Orcas: 2-3 p.m., Sunday, Jan. 12 at the Orcas Island Odd Fellows Hall. For more information, visit https://bit.ly/2FbO49y or https://bit.ly/2MLYsJ9.

• San Juan: 7-8 p.m., Sunday, Jan. 12 at the San Juan Island Grange Hall No. 966. For more information, visit https://bit.ly/2FfHDSB or https://bit.ly/2SCVvyq.

• Lopez: 7-8 p.m., Monday, Jan. 13 at the Huddle Lopez mtg at the Lopez Island Golf Club. For more information, visit https://bit.ly/39yaLTp or https://bit.ly/2MLdZsL.

For more info or questions, you can contact Liz Smith at liz.smith@fairvotewa.org or 360-610-7136.