Urgent Action: Motion to Reconsider HB129 and HB603
RCV Advocates, we aren't giving up yet on this Virginia General Assembly Session! We've dug into the House of Delegates Rules and found that a bill that has been "laid on the table," may be resurrected via a Rule 70, Motion to Reconsider.
Delegate Leftwich - R and Delegate Adams, L.R -R, pressed "pause" on these bills, but did not kill them. Let's ask the Delegates of the Privileges & Elections Committee to press play on RCV! This is urgent action. It must be done quickly after the bill was tabled, within two session days. The good news is, we have this weekend to send emails and Monday to call.
Here are the Members of the House Privileges & Elections Committee and how to contact them. Below you will find a script with Talking Points. You may also CC: House Majority Whip Delegate Michael Webert (R) - DelMWebert@house.virginia.gov (804) 698-1018
Margaret B. Ransone (R) - House District 99
Israel D. O'Quinn (R) - House District 5
Les R. Adams (R) - House District 16
James A. "Jay" Leftwich (R) - House District 78
Christopher T. Head (R) - House District 17
John J. McGuire, III (R) - House District 56
Robert S. Bloxom, Jr. (R) - House District 100
Wren M. Williams (R) - House District 9
Kim A. Taylor (R) - House District 63
Phillip A. Scott (R) - House District 88
Karen S. Greenhalgh (R) - House District 85
H. Otto Wachsmann, Jr. (R) - House District 75
Mark D. Sickles (D) - House District 43
Schuyler T. VanValkenburg (D) - House District 72
Kelly K. Convirs-Fowler (D) - House District 21
Paul E. Krizek (D) - House District 44
Dawn M. Adams (D) - House District 68
David A. Reid (D) - House District 32
Shelly A. Simonds (D) - House District 94
Candi Mundon King (D) - House District 2
Michelle E. Maldonado (D) - House District 50
Jackie H. Glass (D) - House District 89
"Dear Delegate __________,
Please consider entering a Motion to Reconsider HB129 and HB603, or encouraging eligible colleagues to do so. The bill, HB129, gives local political parties the option to use ranked choice voting in primaries. HB603 expands current law to allow the option for ranked choice voting for more local offices and Constitutional Offices. Neither bill is a required mandate.
Regulations for administration of RCV elections have already been published by the State Board of Elections, in December 2021. We already know how to get from A to B, regarding RCV. The Commissioner of Elections testified in Privileges & Elections Committee, on Friday, explaining that he is confident that the Commonwealth of Virginia could be ready to run RCV elections by next year. The bills had positive public comment via Zoom and many positive submitted comments.
Both the Republican and Democratic Parties have successfully used RCV in nominating conventions in Virginia. However, party conventions do not currently have means for accommodating absentee or oversees military voters. By 2024, they will be required to do so. The option to hold a state-run primary, with the additional option of ranked choice voting, allows for the inclusion of absentee and military voters in a more fair and effective way.
RCV results in a candidate winning with a true majority outcome. Places that have RCV have seen higher turnout, more civil campaigns, greater engagement from diverse candidates and voters. RCV can save time and money, compared to a run-off election or conventions.
Please bring this legislation off the table and let's move the option of RCV forward.