Editors note: Most of this information is directly from an announcement by Rank MI Vote. “Ranked choice voting (RCV)” is also known as “instant runoff voting (IRV).” Article II Elections Section 2. of the Libertarian Party of Michigan Platform reads, in part: “Other forms of voting should also be considered, such as instant runoff voting or proportional representation.”
By Scotty Boman
Rank Mi Vote, an organization promoting ranked choice voting in Michigan, has kicked of a campaign to hold 30 Town Halls in 30 days. Their first educational Town Hall was in Kalamazoo. Twenty three people, including three public officials attended the event. Attendees had a chance to meet with other reform-oriented people and learn about the benefits of Ranked Choice Voting (RCV).
Mount Clemens January 30th at 6:30 PM
Mount Clemens Public Library
150 Cass Ave.
Mount Clemens, MI
Ypsilanti February 2nd at 2:00 PM
Ypsilanti District Library – Whitaker
5577 Whitaker Road
Caledonia February 4th at 6:30 PM
Caledonia Township Library
6260 92nd St. SE
Big Rapids February 5th at 5:30 PM
805 Campus Drive
Ferris State University
Big Rapids, MI
Rockford February 6th at 6:30 PM
Krause Memorial Library (Kent District Branch)
140 E. Bridge St. NE
Rockford, MI 49341
Detroit February 6th at 5:30 PM
First Unitarian-Universalist Church of Detroit
4605 Cass Ave, Detroit, MI 48201
Hastings February 10th at 5:00 PM
Barry County Central Dispatch
2600 Nashville Hwy.
Port Huron February 12th at 6:00 PM
Exquisite Corpse Coffee House
410 Water St.
Port Huron, MI
Troy February 13th at 7:00 PM
3179 Livernois Road
Troy, MI 48083
Ann Arbor February 19th at 7:30 PM
Church of the Good Shepherd
2145 Independence Blvd.
Ann Arbor, MI 48104
House Bill 5281 was sponsored by Jon Hoadley of District 60. This bill is an amendment to the Home Rule Act (Which lets cities to select their own governments by adopting a city charter). The amendment proposed in HB5281 is an additional section to the Act stating that the city charter may authorize Ranked Choice Voting to elect city officers.
House Bill 5282 was sponsored by Yousef Rabhi of District 53. This bill is an amendment to the Michigan Election Law Act (which is a consolidation of the election laws in our state). The amendment in HB5282 is an addition that gives a legal framework for how RCV is to be enacted in our state.