December 11, 2019

HERE WE GO AGAIN...Let's get it right this time.

Dec. 10, 2019 
"A group of Progressive city councilors introduced the ranked-choice voting proposal earlier this month. Burlington used ranked-choice voting, also known as instant runoff voting, from 2005 to 2010. Voters rank candidates in order of preference, and if their first choice is eliminated, their vote is reassigned to their second choice. The process continues until one candidate earns 50 percent or more of the vote. The current voting system only requires a 40 percent majority to win. 
The city council voted 9-3 on December 2 to send the measure to the charter change subcommittee for review. Shannon was one of the three no votes. At that meeting, she told her colleagues that she supports ranked-choice but felt the charter committee would need more time to study it or 'other election methods.' Constituents had told her that ranked choice was too complicated, Shannon said.
The public should be given more time to vet the proposal since 'confusion in our voting system is not a good thing,' she said." 
Charter Change Committee took no action because Shannon and Paulino were going to a Dem party strategy session. This time around, Dems are nervous about IRV, now called RCV, because their mayoral candidate likely will not clear the 50% requirement, triggering the new tallying system. Well, here we go again.

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