Memphis Councilman Edmund Ford Jr. , district 6, gave a presentation to a neighborhood association Saturday July 28th, 2018. In a portion of his presentation, he selectively took screenshots from the Dec 5, 2018 city council video in order to make it look like instant runoff voting (IRV) was imposed by white people on black voters. This is an absolute lie about the kinds of people who support IRV. In fact, 71% of Memphis voters already voted in support of IRV. And there’s a growing list of supporters across the racial and political spectrum.
A couple days ago, I voted in Memphis, Tennessee! Mostly for people I believe will do good work for this city and county. But begrudgingly voted for some folks that were the lesser of two evils. That’s one of the many reasons I support Save Instant Runoff Voting Memphis. I want to rank my choices in order of preference. I don’t want to hold my nose and vote at the polling booths.
Here is an open letter to Councilman Ford Jr. from Save IRV, Inc.’s President Aaron Fowles. The letter was sent to City Council on July 28th, 2018.
When you’re scanning the sky for incoming artillery, you don’t always notice the termites chewing away at the beams in your basement.
That’s another way of saying, when you’re obsessed with the latest episodes of King Don Un’s reality show up in D.C., you sometimes forget to pay attention to what’s happening in your old home town. Specifically, what’s going on with the Memphis City Council and with certain members who are running for other offices to be decided in the upcoming August 2nd election.
With Maine’s historic statewide first-in-the-nation ranked-choice election behind us, we have witnessed a massive change – at least among the way opponents talk about it.
Final voting for the county general election ballot is still four weeks away, on Thursday, August 2nd, but a serious battle is raging about the possible aftermath, as it affects three Memphis City Council seats.
What if we’ve been electing our politicians the wrong way this whole time?
Voters in Maine will tackle that question on Tuesday, when the state holds its primaries using a radical yet sensible electoral reform that could fundamentally change how campaigns are run and who ends up winning. It will be the first time the method — known as ranked-choice, or instant-runoff, voting — is used in a statewide election.
Last week, voters in Maine approved — for the second time in three years — a new system of voting called ranked-choice or instant runoffs.
Maine will be using instant runoffs voting (IRV) for statewide elections, including those for governor and Congress.
The Memphis City Council is under attack from various disenchanted citizens regarding several alleged pro-incumbent referenda it voted onto the November ballot — one that would counter the council’s current two-term limit for members, another that would negate the Shelby County Election Commission’s plans for ranked choice voting (RCV) in the 2019 city election, and another that would abolish all runoff elections. Now new scrutiny is arising on the question of how and when three council members might be replaced should they win other elected positions they are seeking in the August county general election.