On Friday, March 3rd, 2017, the Utah House voted 59-12 to pass HB 349, a bill that would require the use of ranked choice voting for nearly all Utah elections. Rep. Rebecca Chavez-Houck (D) introduced the bill, however it passed out of committee last week with Republican support in an 8-1 vote, and passed the House today with nearly 75% of House Republicans voting in support, including House Majority Leader Brad Wilson and House Majority Whip Francis Gibson.
Legislative action is a viable path forward for ranked choice voting.
It is also an indication that legislative action is a viable path forward for ranked choice voting, which has typically been advanced via ballot measures. So far in 2017, 18 states have introduced ranked choice voting legislation. Twelve bills in 11 states have Republican sponsors or co-sponsors, while 20 bills in 13 states have Democratic sponsors of co-sponsors.
Editor’s note: This article originally published on FairVote’s website, and has been re-published as is on IVN.