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.
He neglected to show any of the non-white IRV supporters who spoke on December 5, 2017 marginalizing them, and he in fact mislabeled one black IRV supporter as white. He also said all of this a few minutes before Corey Strong, chairman of the Shelby County Democratic Party, gave a long impassioned defense of instant runoff voting.
Instant Runoff Voting is not a race issue, and we should not let our elected officials try to make it into one. This is about democracy and preserving the will of Memphis voters.
The bottom line is that we already voted on this issue, Instant Runoff Voting works, and we need to save IRV by voting “no” in November 2018 elections.
Vote “No” in November on all referenda to Save IRV.