Ranked voting scheme advances. A vote for election chaos.

By Taxpayers Association of Oregon


Hb 2004 passed out of Rules Committee and is moving.  HB 2004 would create a statewide ranked choice voting scheme for Oregon.

Here is what the Taxpayers Association previously said about ranked choice voting:

Here is the problem of ranked choice voting.

• Ranked choice voting decreases voter turnout — due to confusion.

• Ranked choice voting delays election results — sometimes by weeks or possibly months.

• Ranked choice voting increases election resources at a time when election offices are overloaded.

• Ranked choice voting doubles and triples the amount of errors in election. If you thought it was controversial on the different ways voters mess-up filling in a box with a pencil, imagine how complicated it gets when you ask them use 5 different numbers.

• Increases voter error as some voters will accidentally rank in reverse order, while others may accidentally repeat the same number twice.

• Dilutes your vote, as it forces people to spread their vote around and decreases their importance for a single candidate.

House Bill 2004 description, “Establishes ranked choice voting as voting method for selecting winner of nomination for and election to offices of President of United States, United States Senator, Representative in Congress, Governor, Secretary of State, State Treasurer and Attorney General. Authorizes cities, counties, metropolitan service districts and local government and local service districts to elect to use ranked choice voting to nominate or elect candidates for relevant offices. Requires Secretary of State to establish program to educate voters about how ranked choice voting will be conducted in elections held in state. Prohibits nominating election Moves election] for Commissioner of Bureau of Labor and Industries. Requires election for commissioner to be held at primary election to general election], where election is conducted using ranked choice voting. Requires Secretary of State and county clerks to jointly submit reports to Legislative Assembly setting forth analysis of whether existing laws are inconsistent with effective and efficient implementation of ranked choice voting and detailing, to degree practicable, each expenditure secretary and county clerks must make to successfully implement ranked choice voting. Becomes operative on December 10, 2026. Refers Act to people for their approval or rejection at next regular general election”

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