I encourage state residents to support S.C. House bill H.4022, which allows instant runoff voting in municipal elections.
This type of voting is already an option for South Carolina voters who are overseas or in the military.
The bill allows all voters in municipal elections to cast instant runoff ballots if the municipality approves it.
The voting process eliminates the need for costly runoffs that have poor turnouts. It increases voter participation by reducing the spoiler effect where one candidate “strips” votes from another, thus giving voters more choice and more voice when they vote.
Negative campaigning is reduced dramatically, which gives candidates more opportunity to focus on the issues.
Please write your state representative to ask for a hearing on H.4022. Go to betterballotsc.org for more information.
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Dates and times vary by location, so it’s best to make an appointment.
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