Tuesday, February 15, 2022

TN Lawmakers Ban Not Used RCV

Memphis voted to adopt Ranked-Choice Voting (RCV) in 2008, but it’s never been employed, as a result of long-running Litigation and Administrative battles.

Tennessee Lawmakers passed a Ban Monday against RCV in Elections, a move that seeks to end a long-running Legal dispute between State Election Officials and the City of Memphis.

The State House and Senate, where Republicans hold Supermajorities, cast Votes on the same day for the Proposal.

Tennessee Elections Coordinator, Mark Goins, has ruled that RCV isn’t allowed under State Law.

Chris Saxman, a former Republican Virginia State Lawmaker, testified to Tennessee Lawmakers that the Virginia GOP Nominating Convention showed RCV is “a very useful tool in the electoral toolbox.” Saxman is the Executive Director of Virginia FREE, which provides Political Information for that Tennessee’s Business community.

Senate Minority Leader Jeff Yarbro (D-21st District, Nashville), wondered what sparked the push to Outlaw a Voting approach that hasn’t been used in Tennessee yet.

“It’s an innovation that might work, and it might not,” Yarbro said. “But I don’t know why we would snuff that out in the crib.”

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