Arizona Businesses and Community Organizations Support Ranked Choice Voting
League of Women Voters – Arizona
The League of Women Voters of Arizona believes in the election system principle of greater vote representation. The LWVAZ maintains the hope that election system reform that provides a stronger voice for the greatest number of voters should have a positive effect on voter participation. Therefore, the LWVAZ:
- Supports changing the present election systems so that they more accurately represent the wishes of voters:
- Adopting the Instant Runoff Voting system [also known as RCV] for single seat races;
- Adopting proportional representation for multi-seat races, specifically Ranked Choice Voting.
- Believes that education of the voting public is important to election systems.
- Supports giving Arizona voters the option of more choice among election systems.
“Ranked Choice Voting encourages positive, issue-based campaigns by requiring candidates to appeal to a broad coalition of voters, not just a narrow base of supporters. This simple but powerful reform offers hope for an even more representative and responsive government.” - Matt Furman, Chief Communications and Public Affairs Officer Best Buy
Current and Former Arizona Political Leaders Support Ranked Choice Voting
Fmr US Senator for AZ
"Instant runoff voting [also known as RCV] will lead to good government because voters will elect leaders who have the support of a majority. Elected leaders will be more likely to listen to all and cities will be able to enjoy big tax savings and keep majority rule."
Fmr Flagstaff City Councilman, Fmr Coconino County Supervisor
"Just as our economy is based on competition and the marketplace of good ideas, so too should our electoral system. Ranked Choice Voting promotes electoral competition and gets us away from the "lesser of two evils" voting mentality. RCV can help our democracy get back to problem solving instead of playing hyper partisan political games"
Dr. Heather Carter
Fmr Republican State Senator
Former Arizona State Senator, Dr. Heather Carter endorses Ranked Choice Voting for use in local, state, and federal elections. Arizona voters deserve more choices in the political process which will ensure outcomes that more accurately reflect the fabric of our great state.
Fmr Democrat State Representative
"Ranked Choice Voting is one of the most important reforms that we can make in our local elections, which could repair the damage to our democracy and even our torn social fabric. Try it! It is the most intuitive and fair way to vote"
Tempe City Councilwoman
Lauren Kuby endorses Ranked Choice Voting because it better reflects the will of the voters and, in local elections, avoids costly run-off elections.
Glendale City Councilman
"Ranked Choice Voting allows you to vote for your favorite candidate without worrying you may be opening the door for your least favorite candidate to win. Winners are determined in one election with no need for runoff elections held many months later at additional expense."
Arizona Community Leaders Support Ranked Choice Voting
"I support RCV because under our current election system, a small group of people on “the left” and on “the right” often choose the candidates for the rest of us. Ranked choice voting along with open primaries will give every eligible voter an equal voice in the election process regardless of party affiliation. Moreover, it will empower elected officials and candidates to put community and country first without fear of political retribution from a select few."
National Leaders across the political spectrum support Ranked Choice Voting
"The benefits of ranked-choice voting are profound. You don’t need to worry about any candidate being a spoiler. You can vote however you’d like without worrying about “wasting” a vote. It expresses voter preferences better. The winner has to get 50 percent—something that doesn’t always happen with plurality voting if you have more than two candidates (for example, Governor LePage in Maine in 2014, Bill Clinton in 1992). It diminishes the incentives to campaign negatively, because you’re running against multiple opponents and people will notice if you start trashing your opponents. And it favors coalition building and reaching out to different types of constituents."
"Ranked choice voting would be ideal and perhaps we can get there with more Libertarians in office"
"Ranked-choice voting eliminates the spoiler problem in SMP elections for executive offices. It ensures that the most preferred candidate wins instead of a plurality winner who may be opposed by a majority of voters who are split among two or more alternative choices."
Democrat – US Senator Massachusetts
"Ranked-choice voting can make our elections more positive and require successful candidates to build broad coalitions. It can ensure that everyone’s vote counts and open the door to elections that more fairly represent the electorate. Most important, ranked-choice voting can make sure that the winning candidates have successfully appealed to the majority of the voters. That’s a stronger democracy."
Republican – Fmr Governor Massachusetts
"Rank choice voting allows voters to express their preferences more clearly and ensures the final winner has the support of the majority of the voters."
Republican and Libertarian – Fmr Governor NM
"Count on my support for majority vote. Count on my support for ranked voting."
Democrat – US Representative NY
"Ranked Choice Voting is expanding voters’ powers to choose our leaders based on what the candidates believe and by demanding what we, the voters, require."
Independent – US Senator Vermont
"If we are believing in democracy and the right for people to have the freedom to cast their ballot and not have to choose the lesser of two evils, [ranked choice voting] is something I support."
Teresa Leger Fernandez
Democrat – US Representative NM
"It [Ranked Choice Voting] is a much better way of exercising democracy when you have multiple candidates who are representing a range of issues. Democracy is never perfect. So our goal should always be to improve that, and ranked choice voting is an improvement."
Republican – Fmr Utah Governor
"I think it [Ranked Choice Voting] has advantages. If I can’t be your first choice, I want to be your second choice. So I think it brings a more civil campaign and I think that’s a good thing and we can concentrate really on the issues at hand, so ranked choice voting is something I would support."
Democrat – US Representative NY
"With ranked choice voting, every vote matters more than ever before, and it matters to every single candidate."