SB 791 VOTE:NO
Died In Committee on 06/26/21
Status (overview) of bill:https://olis.oregonlegislature.gov/liz/2021R1/Measures/Overview/SB791
Committee assigned to bill: https://olis.oregonlegislature.gov/liz/2021R1/Committees/SRULES/Overview
This bill established ranked-choice voting counting first and second choices for federal and state elections, and non-home charter counties. Becomes operative on January 1, 2023.
Personal Choice and Responsibility
This method gives a voter first and second choice so if the first choice is eliminated by receiving the fewest votes, the voters second choice becomes their vote.
Provides no funding for the special tabulator software required.
Rank Choice voting makes it impossible to see the winner by simply tallying the votes unless one person wins by majority. Instead every vote has an alternate vote depending on the overall tally. It requires some gymnastics inside the tabulator requiring special software. In the past you would have had one set of winners followed by a run off election if there was a 2 part election. This tries to do it all in one election and is very confusing to the electors. It will disrupt confidence in the election process.
“Ranked-choice voting” means a method of casting and tabulating votes in which a ballot provides the elector the option to rank the candidates in order of choice: (A) If a candidate receives a majority of the first choice votes cast for election to the office, that candidate is elected. (B) If no candidate wins a majority of the first votes cast the candidate who received the lowest number of votes for public office is eliminated. Ballots that identified a candidate eliminated as the first preference are awarded to the candidate listed as the second preference on the ballot and a new round of vote tabulation is held to determine if any candidate has won a majority of the votes cast. If no candidate wins a majority of the votes cast, the procedure is repeated until a candidate wins a majority of the votes cast. One election may save election cost, but the system is more vulnerable to fraud and error in each round of recount. This bill is a clear and present danger to the integrity of our election system.