Public Comments for: HB603 - Local or constitutional office; elections allowed to be conducted by ranked choice voting.
Last Name: VanderHeyden Locality: Sterling, VA

Please support HB129 and HB603 for ranked choice voting. Thanks.

Last Name: Howard Locality: Vienna

Please support ranked choice voting!

Last Name: schutz Locality: Arlington

I favor ranked choice voting, and hope you will pass both of these bills

Last Name: Folkes Locality: Richmond

Please support HB129 and HB603 for ranked choice voting

Last Name: Nelson Locality: Dumfries

please support HB129 and HB603 for ranked choice voting"

Last Name: Farrier Locality: Charlottesville

please support HB129 and HB603 for ranked choice voting

Last Name: Forrester Locality: Richmond City

I support ranked choice voting as it provides a bath to more honest and less corrupt people to hold office. Please advance this bill.

Last Name: Pook Locality: Ashburn

I want to voice my support for ranked choice voting in Virginia in all elections

Last Name: Knize Locality: Midlothian

Please support ranked choice voting

Last Name: Vacovsky Locality: Midlothian

Please support HB129 and HB603 for rank choice voting

Last Name: Trujillo Locality: Prince William County

Let's put rank-choice voting in the Commonwealth of Virginia and end the two-party duopoly.

Last Name: Clement Locality: Arlington

I encourage reporting of HB129 and HB603 that will encourage rank choice voting at all levels in Virginia to promote greater transparency in elections.

Last Name: Neill Locality: North Garden

I'd like to voice my strong support for ranked-choice voting, in my opinion our current first past the post system of counting votes has been outdated for a century or more, and it's time that we improve voting for all and set an example for the country

Last Name: Soltes Locality: Albemarle

To the Privileges and Elections Committee I am writing this comment because I believe that localities should have the option of expanding the use of ranked choice voting in their area. Currently, only county board and city councils may pilot the system for their elections, excluding positions such as school boards, commonwealth attorneys and the like. More autonomy for local government is a fundamentally bi-partisan issue. This is in essence what HB603 would allow for.

Last Name: Barker Organization: FairVote Virginia Locality: Fairfax

Please support HB129 and HB603 for ranked-choice voting to advance a fairer representative democracy that better reflects the voters of Virginia.

Last Name: Shull Locality: Norfolk

Please expand ranked choice voting in Virginia. It’s something both parties desperately need. This is a very positive thing and enhances fairness and reason for everyone.

Last Name: Ulmschneider Locality: Arlington

Please support HB 129 and HB 603. Ranked choice voting gives voters more power to express their support for candidates.

Last Name: Rich Locality: Virginia Beach

Please favor HB129 and HB603 for demonstrated fair and effective voting.

Last Name: Dunne Locality: Palmyra

Please vote to use ranked choice voting in all of our VA coming elections

Last Name: Reigle Locality: Charlottesville

Please support HB 129 and 603 for rank choice voting. This is increase the chance that a candidate will a be more broadly inclusive of the constituents perspectives and values. Thank you.

Last Name: Bradley Locality: Madison County

Please support HB129 and HB603 for ranked choice voting! Christine N Bradley Madison County, VA

Last Name: Schechtman-Rook Locality: Fairfax

My name is Andrew Schechtman-Rook, and I live in Fairfax County. Please support HB129 and HB603 for ranked choice voting. Thank you very much.

Last Name: Wolf Locality: Louisa County

Please vote in favor of HB129 and HB603, in favor of ranked choice voting. This will go far in improving election campaigning, candidate choices available to voters and voter engagement.

Last Name: Harper Locality: Charlottesville

please support HB129 and HB603 for ranked choice votIng. Now more than ever we need this update to our elections to save our democracy from the cancer of partisanship.

Last Name: Hufford Locality: Arlington

Ranked choice voting makes good sense. Please support these bills.

Last Name: Wilkinson Locality: Virginia Beach

The political tension in America is so bad that previously anti-gun members of my family have started arming themselves for a potential civil war. It seems crazy, but when I watch the news all I hear about is how the "other" side poses an existential threat to democracy. We don't vote for the candidate we like, but against the one we fear. It's no wonder things have gotten so crazy. Under our current voting system, this outcome is inevitable. Elections are won by whoever gets the most votes, and fear-based rhetoric energizes voter turnout. It's an effective strategy that won't just go away. But this rhetoric also drives division, mistrust, and leads to a breakdown of civility and our democratic process. I believe a way out of this mess is Ranked Choice Voting (RCV). In this system, voters rank their preferred candidates instead of selecting one person they dislike least. By its very nature, the system discourages an "us against them" campaign strategy because candidates must appeal to a broader number of voters so they can get ranked higher. By allowing RCV, Virginia serves as an example to the nation on how to cool political tensions and gain a more effective, less partisan government. Please support HB129 and HB603 for ranked choice voting.

Last Name: White Locality: Chesterfield

Please support HB129 and HB603 for ranked choice voting. Thank you!

Last Name: Pedelose Organization: FairVote Virginia Locality: Herndon

Please support HB129 and HB603 for ranked choice voting

Last Name: Stewart Locality: Fairfax County

Please support HB603, HB129 and HB603 for ranked choice voting.

Last Name: Springer Organization: FairVote Virginia Locality: Arlington

Please support HB129 and HB603 for Ranked Choice Voting. Thank you, Nancy Springer Arlington

Last Name: Flood Locality: Reston (Originally; Charlottesville for University)

Comments Document

I am attaching an issue brief I wrote on Ranked Choice Voting. Please support RCV for Virginia's future.

Last Name: Flood Locality: Reston (Originally; Charlottesville for University)

Comments Document

Please support HB129 and HB603 for ranked choice voting. Ranked choice voting is a way to change our elections for the better. RCV is easy, and its benefits are numerous: it has bipartisan support, gets rid of spoiler candidates, forces candidates to appeal to a broad swath of the population, eliminates the need to tactically vote, creates more representative election outcomes, and gives voters more choice at the ballot box. All voters, regardless of political affiliation, will benefit from Ranked Choice Voting.

Last Name: Carothers Locality: Richmond

Please support HB129 and HB603 for ranked choice voting.

Last Name: Klein Locality: Arlington

Thank you to committee members Williams, VanValkenburg, and Glass for patroning HB129. Both that bill and HB603 deserve everyone’s support. As we’ve seen, ranked-choice voting doesn’t favor any party over another; it just empowers voters to have their views better represented in the outcomes of elections. Whether RCV is used in a primary or a general election and whether it’s used for a local, statewide, or federal office, a member of a governing body, or an executive, it produces winners who have more of a mandate because they clearly represent the majority of voters and were elected on their merits, not because voters were forced to vote strategically. My experience voting in RCV elections here in Arlington has been that it is far more engaging; it is worth my time to learn about every single one of the candidates and fill out my ballot completely. Of course, it is also entirely optional to do so; I could choose to vote for only my top choice if I prefer. RCV should be available to parties in primaries, not just in conventions and caucuses. There are plenty of resources to help the State Board of Elections promulgate the necessary regulations.

Last Name: Gaffin Locality: Burke

Please support HB129 and HB603

Last Name: Achilles Organization: Myself (though encouraged by FairVote Virginia) Locality: Arlington

As a lifelong resident of Virginia and first-time writer to the state legislature, I strongly request that the House Privileges and Elections Committee support HB129 and HB603. In a divided government, rank choice voting is one area that elected officials from across the political aisle can get behind and would be an important step forward in helping citizens regain trust in our institutions. I sincerely hope you use this opportunity to create a better future for the state going forward.

Last Name: Houston Organization: FairVote Virginia Locality: Alexandria

Our country and commonwealth are in desperate need political reform that benefits voters. Ranked Choice Voting has proven time and time again to be a fair and effective way of choosing elected officials. Additionally, it has tremendous support in almost every instance where it’s been used. The passage of HB129 and HB603 would dramatically improve the electoral process and representation for Virginians, regardless of political affiliation. Please vote in favor of HB129 and HB603.

Last Name: Davidson Locality: Norfolk

I urge the members to vote in favor of HB 129 and HB 603. Both of these bills expand voter opportunity and give the choice to localities and parties concerning how to hold elections. Ranked Choice Voting is a proven method that has been adopted across the country for many years. More localities and states are adopting this method of voting due to it's success. I thank you so much for your vote for these two important bills for Virginia.

Last Name: Powell Locality: Fairfax County

Please support HB129 and HB603 for ranked choice voting. This is now a tested and proven method for expanding and improving voter participation and ensuring that officials represent a majority of the voters.

Last Name: Bollinger Locality: Richmond

Please support HB129 and HB603, to expand ranked choice voting in Virginia!

Last Name: Sistak Locality: Fairfax

Please support HB’s 129 and 603. Ranked choice voting is a simple, yet powerful way to give all Virginia voters, regardless of party affiliation, a stronger voice and more confidence in our elections.

Last Name: Houston Locality: Alexandria

please support HB129 and HB603 for ranked choice voting.

Last Name: Smith Locality: Chesterfield

please support HB129 and HB603 for ranked choice voting

Last Name: Mandas Locality: Ashland

Please support HB129 and HB603 for ranked choice voting!

Last Name: Larsen Locality: Fairfax

I support ranked choice voting as an improved mechanism to identify the most preferred candidate for an elected position. I strongly believe that there is no particular partisan outcome or benefit from implementing ranked choice voting. Providing appropriate opportunities and regulations for ranked choice voting in Virginia is an important step forward for democracy in the Commonwealth. Therefore I support HB129 and HB603. I hope that the House Committee will pass a bill to expand opportunities and administrative guidance for ranked choice voting in Virginia. Sincerely Elise Larsen 22043

Last Name: King Locality: Loudoun County

Please support HB129 and HB603 for ranked choice voting. Thank you.

Last Name: Cantwell Organization: FairVote Virginia Locality: Arlington

HB 129 My name is Mike Cantwell. I am the Vice President of FairVote Virginia and the Virginia Chapter Leader for Veterans for Political Innovation (VPI). FairVote Virginia and VPI fully support HB 129 and encourage members of House Privileges and Elections Committee to support this bill. This is a commonsense bill that will give political parties the option of using Ranked Choice Voting to select their nominees for general elections. Research shows that elections using the Ranked Choice Voting method increase civility and positive campaigning, eliminate the “spoiler effect,” encourage candidates to build broad and diverse coalitions, increase voter participation, and give more power to voters. Using Ranked Choice Voting will also eliminate the disenfranchisement of thousands of voters who use mail-in ballots … a method of voting used by many Active-Duty military members and their families. By supporting this bill, you will demonstrate your support to Virginia voters and the brave men and women in our military. HB 603 My name is Mike Cantwell. I am the Vice President of FairVote Virginia and the Virginia Chapter Leader for Veterans for Political Innovation (VPI). FairVote Virginia and VPI fully support HB 603 and encourage members of House Privileges and Elections Committee to support this bill. This is a commonsense bill that will give local governing bodies the option of using Ranked Choice Voting to elect treasurers, sheriffs, Commonwealth attorneys, circuit court clerks, and commissioners of revenue. Research shows that elections using the Ranked Choice Voting method increase civility and positive campaigning, eliminate the “spoiler effect,” encourage candidates to build broad and diverse coalitions, increase voter participation, and give more power to voters. Using Ranked Choice Voting will also eliminate the disenfranchisement of thousands of voters who use mail-in ballots … a method of voting used by many Active-Duty military members and their families. By supporting this bill, you will demonstrate your support to Virginia voters and the brave men and women in our military.

Last Name: Liddell Locality: Williamsburg

I urge you to vote in favor of HB129 and HB603 to support ranked choice voting. Thank you.

Last Name: McNulty Locality: Stafford VA

Please vote for HB129,& HB603.

Last Name: Connelly Locality: Centreville

Please support HB129 and HB603 for ranked choice voting.

Last Name: Watson Organization: FairVote Virginia Locality: Arlington

Please support HB129 and HB603 for ranked choice voting.

Last Name: Schucker Locality: Rockbridge County

Please support ranked choice voting! It has a proven track record of more humane elections and that is what we all need right now!

Last Name: Melson Organization: FairVote Virginia Locality: Flint Hill

RCV is straightforward for voters; rank candidates in order of preference. Voters rank as many candidates as they want, without fear that ranking others will hurt the chances of their favorite candidate. RCV results in a candidate winning with a true majority outcome. Candidates nominated by RCV in a convention or primary, may be more likely to win in the General Election. Places that already have RCV have seen higher turnout, cleaner campaigning, and greater engagement from diverse candidates and voters. RCV can save time and money, compared to a run-off election or convention. The Republican Party of Virginia has now used RCV in conventions to nominate Chair Anderson and their slate of Executive Candidates, whom went on to win in the General Election. The Democratic Party has also used RCV to nominate candidates for local elections in Virginia. However, a law passed in 2021 Special Session (HB2020), which has delayed enactment until 2024, will require parties to accommodate absentee voting at conventions. If parties have no mechanisms in place to run absentee ballots for conventions, they will need to be able to select a state-run primary. Parties should have the option, in state-run primaries, to use ranked choice voting. HB129 would allow for that. FairVote Virginia has heard from localities that would like to implement RCV for local offices, but under current law, they are limited to the option for city council or county boards. There are localities that are interested in RCV for Mayor or School Board. HB603 would allow for that. Furthermore, redistricting is going to shake things up and make elections more competitive. We may see more people running for office. Citizens may find themselves represented by an incumbent that they did not vote for and feel compelled to step up to challenge. There may be primaries or special elections with 3, 4, 5 ,6, or more candidates. We should have the option to ensure that we get to winning candidates with a broad coalition of support. The State Board of Elections published regulations in December 2021, to direct localities on how to administer ranked choice voting elections. Many on this committee have voted in favor of RCV in years passed, either in 2018 or 2020, or both. Most bills proposing RCV have had bipartisan support. I hope HB129 and HB603 can bring support from all members of this committee today. Kind Regards, Elizabeth Melson President, FairVote Virginia

Last Name: Martin Locality: Fairfax

Voting is a constitutional right. Any law that restricts rather than expands our constitutional right & DUTY to vote is simply voter suppression. We must not repeal any expansions of absentee ballots. Do not decrease early voting. - extend the number of days allowed. Do not eliminate any ballot box locations- expand. We have no need to re-register absentee ballots every year. No excuse absentee voting is absolutely crucial. The state must provide easy and free access to voter ID if a photo is required. Since the USPS has slowed considerably, we must keep the 3 day rule for receiving ballots after election day. All local elections must be on Election Day (in Nov). Election Day should be a holiday. Until we do a complete overhaul of campaign finance & eliminate dark money/special interests there must be no restrictions on outreach, education & registration or from where a candidate may collect funds. Voter registration up to and including Election Day is absolutely crucial to ensure all citizens vote. I support all bills expanding our rights and abilities to make voting as easy as possible. I oppose all bills attempting to restrict any access to our ballot and our vote. The process is too important for the elected officials to be able to restrict us from our duty to be informed voters. Keep expanding our rights. Do not restrict, suppress or subvert them.

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