Monday, January 23rd is national Ranked Choice Voting Day because it is as easy as 1-2-3. Along with our 10 partner organizations, SC FWD will be on the State House steps at 2pm ET that day for a rally to show legislators, media and the voting public that we support RCV because it brings more choice and more voice to South Carolina voters, while eliminating the needless expense of election runoffs.

Volunteers from all SC state legislative districts are immediately needed to send pre-written messages supporting Ranked Choice Voting Rally Day on Monday, January 23, 2023.

 

Here's how you can help us send a message to your state legislator in less than 5 minutes:

1. Text the word RESIST to the number 50409.

2. If you have an iPhone, click on the link provided to continue in Apple Messages. If you don't have an iPhone, text the word SKIP.

3. Text the word STATE.

4. Text the word LEGISLATURE.

5. Copy and paste the 250-word message below into your message space and hit send. Don't worry about putting your name, address, or the officials' names either - the bot will take care of that for you!

6. Make sure to text DONE to make sure your message is sent.

 

250-word message:

 

I wish I could be there!

 

Unfortunately, I’m unable to join my friends on the State House steps next Monday afternoon to show my support in person for Ranked Choice Voting in local and municipal South Carolina elections. But like dozens of my friends and associates who will attend the RCV/IRV (Instant Runoff) Rally Day, you should know we support RCV/IRV because:

- we want to be represented by politicians who win with majorities;
- we are tired of political mudslinging and the polarization it causes;
- needless runoffs waste our tax dollars.

 

January 23rd is National Ranked Choice Voting Day because ranked Choice Voting is as easy as 1-2-3. As you probably know, with RCV, you rank candidates on your ballot in the order you prefer. If your favorite can’t win, your vote still counts for your next choice until a majority is won. Polls show that where RCV has been tried, voters love it.

 

And RCV has been tried recently in more elections across America than ever before. As of December 2022, 62 American jurisdictions have RCV in place, reaching about 13 million voters. This includes 2 states (Maine and Alaska) 2 counties and 58 cities. Even our South Carolina military and overseas voters cast RCV ballots. So why not the rest of us?

 

The 13 organizations comprising the RCV/IRV Coalition represent thousands of South Carolinians who are adamant that the SC General Assembly make the legislative changes necessary to allow RCV/IRV in local and municipal elections.

 

RCV empowers voters with more choices, ensures the winner has a majority, reduces negative campaigning, and helps candidates with the best ideas get a level playing field.

 


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