Pending Fair Elections Legislation

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House Joint Resolution 1, introduced by Representative Donna Christensen of the Virgin Islands, would require that a constitutional amendment be created ensuring that the right of citizens of the United States to vote in the election for President and Vice President shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any State on account of residency in a territory or commonwealth of the United States. Introduced January 4, 2005.

House Resolution 5293 (the Majority Vote Act of 2004), introduced by Congressman Jesse Jackson, Jr., would require States by 2008 to conduct general elections for Federal office using an instant runoff voting system. It also directs the Election Assistance Commission to make grants to States to defray the costs of administering such systems. The law would be applied to all federal elections in the States and include the District of Columbia, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, American Samoa, Guam, and the United States Virgin Islands.
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HB 1770 Provides instant runoff voting for active duty military personnel stationed overseas.  Passed the house and is currently under review in the senate.


SB596  Allows not only general law cities, but all counties, school districts, and special districts to use IRV.  Describes  how to implement IRV, so that charter cities that want to use IRV won't be stymied by election officials that don't know how to implement it.
AB 369 Existing law requires that, as of January 1, 2006, all direct recording electronic voting systems include an accessible voter verified paper audit trail.
AB 868 This bill would require an elections official to count any absentee ballot returned by mail with a postmark of or before the date of the election.
SB 226 This bill would require a voter, in addition, to present proof of his or her identity and residency to a member of the precinct board before receiving a ballot. It would specify the documents that may be used for this purpose and would authorize any other form of identification that the Secretary of State determines to be appropriate. It would permit a voter who is unable to present proof of identity or residency to cast a provisional ballot. 
See also Californians for Electoral Reform.


HB. No. 6617 The joint standing committee of the General Assembly having cognizance of matters relating to elections shall conduct a study of elections statutes and, not later than January 1, 2006, shall submit a report to the General Assembly on its findings and recommendations.



HB 926  Requires central committee of party of person to be replaced to submit to governor three nominees to fill vacancy and governor appoints replacement from those nominees. Establishes notice requirements; provides that special election to fill house vacancy shall use instant runoff voting system; directs chief election officer to develop an instant runoff voting system.
HB 945  Provides for ranked choice voting in all state and county elections; establishes the process and procedures for counting votes and certifying election results using the ranked choice methodology.
SB 1174  Provides for ranked choice voting in all state and county elections; establishes the process and procedures for counting votes and certifying election results using the ranked choice methodology.


HB 134 Requires ranked choice ballots for absentee ballots given to  military personnel outside the United States. 


SCR 2 A concurrent resolution requesting the legislative council establish a committee to study IRV.


LD 265 Allows for the "offices of President, Vice President, United States Senator, United States Representative to Congress, Governor, State Senator and State Representative" to be elected by IRV.



See also Fairvote Massachusetts


SB 0006 Allows for election day registration.


H.F.  975 Requires schools that accept public funding to create a list of students living on or near campus.  The list must be sent to the county auditor.  Allows students who live on or near campus to vote in elections and register on election day.
See also FairVote Minnesota.

New Hampshire

HB 48 Establishes a committee to study voting ballot reform including the use of IRV.

New Jersey

AJR 99 Creates a commission to study instant runoff voting.

New Mexico

New York

A3510  Allows for IRV in local elections across the state.
See also Citizens for Instant Runoff Voting in New York State (NYSIRV).

North Carolina

H 1024 Calls for IRV for all state primaries.
SB 558 Allows ranked ballots for runoff primaries and runoff elections to be sent to overseas voters.


HB 2638 Allows county or city to adopt instant runoff voting system for nomination or election of candidates to county or city office.


SB 197  Allows for preferential voting to be used in the election of officers of schools boards and municipalities. 
HB 1790 Allows for preferential voting in school board, municipal,  or county commissioner


S 48  Allows IRV to be used to elect statewide offices and for selecting representatives in the electoral college. The bill has the support of over 40 members of the senate.



HB 1447 has passed! Establishes a pilot program for IRV use in the election of non-partisan offices in Clark County. Passed the Legislature on April 13th with a 63-34 vote in the House and a 38-9 vote in the Senate; signed by the governor on April 23.
Washington state initiative for IRV launched: Instant Runoff Washington has formed to collect signatures in 2004 for action in 2005.