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Ranked Choice Voting Disenfranchises Voters



FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Tuesday, March 14, 2023


Ranked Choice Voting Disenfranchises Voters


PHOENIX, ARIZONA—In response to the astroturf attempt to force Ranked Choice Voting (RCV) on Arizona and states across the country, Senator Justine Wadsack, a member of the Arizona Freedom Caucus, has released the following statement:


The problems with Ranked Choice Voting are numerous and well-documented, the least of which is the erosion of the one-citizen, one-vote principle which has long guided American elections. In jurisdictions where it has been tried, RCV has caused the exact outcomes which election integrity legislators have sought to eliminate, such as disenfranchisement, voter confusion, delayed results, and the unnecessary complication of our elections process.


“Ranked Choice Voting disenfranchises voters through its unnecessary complexity and ‘exhausted ballots’ scheme, which results in the silencing of significant portions of the electorate,” said Arizona Freedom Caucus Member Senator Justine Wadsack. “Exhausted ballots are those that do not rank any continuing candidate, contain an overvote at the highest continuing ranking, or contain two or more sequential skipped rankings before its highest continuing ranking.”


The Arizona Freedom Caucus formally supports the passage of HB 2552 and SB 1265.


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For more information, contact:

Kim Quintero

Director of Communications | Arizona State Senate Republican Caucus

kquintero@azleg.gov

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a day ago

The issues with ranked choice voting are well-documented, much like the challenges of navigating the unpredictable landscape of chatroulette. Both systems can lead to unintended consequences and a sense of voter disempowerment. Perhaps a more straightforward approach, free of unnecessary complexity, would better serve the principles of democratic representation.

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Nov 21, 2023

For starters, let's not pretend voting one's preferences isn't voting once. And if Justine finds it hard, she arguably isn't fit to be in the Arizona State Senate anyway. (They don't call it "FreeDumb Caucus" for nothing.)

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