FairVote Virginia followers in Arlington County, we have a call to action for you. Contact Arlington County Board members and the Election Director - tell them you want to use ranked choice voting in elections for County Board this November!
There will be an election in November for one of the five County Board seats. It is possible that there could be three (or even more!) candidates for that seat. We believe that elections that use ranked choice voting give the voters better results over plurality elections.
Here is a link for information about upcoming elections in Arlington County. https://vote.arlingtonva.us/Elections
Consider registering to speak at the next Virtual Open Door Monday, on April 5th at 7:00 pm.
Here are some additional Talking Points, if needed.
"Dear Board Members & Director of Elections,
I am your constituent living in [Arlington neighborhood or street]. On April 10, 2020, Governor Northam signed HB 506 and HB 1103. HB 506 allows for ranked choice voting to be used in Arlington County, without delay.
Furthermore, HB 1103 amended the Code of Virginia by adding a section numbered 24.2-673.1, relating to using ranked choice voting (RCV) in local elections. This bill gives localities the option to pilot ranked choice voting, beginning in 2021, for their local governing body.
Places that already have RCV have seen higher turnout of voters, cleaner campaigning, and greater engagement from diverse candidates. RCV elections also require a candidate to win with majority support, which improves results in races with a crowded field of candidates.
I support the adoption of ranked choice voting for County Board elections in November 2021 and beyond.