Questions about RCV in Illinois
Where is ranked choice voting currently used?
RCV is already used in our state capital, Springfield, for overseas and military voters participating in local elections. It hasn't yet been adopted for any other elections in Illinois. Nationally, it's used in Maine and Alaska, as well as several municipalities, including New York City, San Francisco, Minneapolis, and more.
What is the process for adopting RCV in Illinois?
For any level of government to use RCV would require either state legislation or a local referendum. Some local governments would need a change in state law while others could use RCV in local elections (mayor, city or town council, etc.) through a referendum.
Are there any current efforts to implement RCV in Illinois?
SB1785 was introduced in the Illinois State Senate on February 26, 2021, which would implement RCV for the elections of the State House of Representatives, State Senate, Governor, Lieutenant Governor, Attorney General, Secretary of State, Comptroller, and Treasurer. An amendment was filed on May 5, 2021, which would expand it to include elections for US Congress, President, and primaries.
A similar bill, HB2416, was introduced in the Illinois House of Representatives on February 17, 2021.
Who supports RCV in Illinois?
As of April 30, 2021, these are the representatives and local officials who support RCV in Illinois:
- Laura Murphy, 28th District
- Mike Simmons, 7th District
- Scott Bennett, 52nd District
- Robert Peters, 13th District
- Ann Gillespie, 27th District
- Laura Fine, 9th District
- Sara Feigenholtz, 6th District
Cristina H. Pacione-Zayas
State House of Representatives:
Jaime Andrade, 40th District
- Matt Martin, 47th Ward