Friday, June 7, 2024

Gov. Landry Signs Bill Protecting Louisiana Elections From Ranked-Choice Voting; Tenth State Bans Ranked-Choice Voting Election Scheme

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Gov. Landry Signs Bill Protecting Louisiana Elections From Ranked-Choice Voting:
Louisiana Gov. Jeff Landry signed legislation Tuesday prohibiting the use of ranked-choice voting (RCV) in elections.
SB 101 stipulates that a “ranked-choice voting or instant runoff voting method shall not be used in determining the election or nomination of any candidate to any local, state, or federal elective office in this state.” The bill would not apply to “all votes cast by military and overseas voters by special absentee by mail ballots in accordance with the Uniformed and Overseas Citizens Absentee Voting Act.”
SB 101 originally passed the Senate in a 29-9 vote in March. An amended version of the bill was passed by the House (73-23) on May 15 and subsequently concurred with by the Senate (29-8) last week.
SB 101 was sponsored by GOP Sen. Blake Miguez, a member of the Louisiana Freedom Caucus. Miguez also sponsored Louisiana’s recently enacted constitutional amendment banning “Zuckbucks.”
Under RCV, voters rank candidates in order of preference. If no candidate receives more than 50 percent of first-choice votes in the first round of voting, the last-place finisher is eliminated, and his votes are reallocated to the voter’s second-choice candidate. This process continues until one candidate receives a majority of votes.
RCV has caused an array of problems in the states and municipalities where it’s been implemented. Among the most significant are inaccurate election outcomes. In an Oakland school board race, for example, “election officials announced — two months after the fact — that they got the count wrong,” resulting in the “rightful winner … suing for his seat.” --->READ MORE HERE
Tenth state bans ranked-choice voting election scheme:
On Tuesday, Louisiana Gov. Jeff Landry signed Senate Bill 101, which prohibits the use of ranked-choice voting (RCV) in local, state, and federal elections.
Jason Snead and Trent England are co-chairmen of the national Stop Ranked-Choice Voting Coalition. They thanked Louisiana legislators and Gov. Landry for making Louisiana the tenth state to ban RCV.
“By signing Senate Bill 101, Gov. Landry took a stand against far-left groups like FairVote and Unite America that have been pushing ranked-choice voting on the public. So far, 2024 has been a great year for election integrity and a terrible year for RCV.”- Jason Snead, co-chairman of the Stop RCV Coalition and Executive Director of the Honest Elections Project
“RCV is a terrible idea. It makes voting harder for everyone involved, from voters to poll workers to election officials. State legislators and governors have figured this out and are taking action to stop the spread of RCV. Thank you, Gov. Landry and Louisiana Legislators for standing up for voters."- Trent England, co-chairman of the Stop RCV Coalition and Executive Director of Save Our States
RCV advocates have claimed it is the hot new election reform sweeping the nation, but legislatures are banning—not enacting—the convoluted system. Ten states down, 40 to go. --->READ MORE HERE
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