State Legislatures Looking at IRV
IRV is gaining momentum across the country and state legislatures are taking notice. In Colorado, Rep. John Kefalas recently introduced legislation that would create an advanced voting methods study group. Senate Majority Leader Ken Gordon introduced companion legislation in the Colorado Senate. In Minnesota, five state senators introduced legislation to implement IRV for federal and state offices and ensure local governments have the option to use IRV as well. In Arkansas, which already uses IRV for military and overseas voters, legislation sponsored by House Minority Leader Michael Lamoureux would implement IRV for local elections.
As IRV continues to work successfully in a growing number of cities, it is catching the attention of state level elected officials. We expect to see more state legislation introduced in the coming year.