Ranked-choice Voting Likely Headed to Court

Backers of a proposal to move to ranked-choice voting in certain Memphis elections expect to lose another decision by state election officials and are preparing for a court proceeding, according to the group Ranked Choice Tennessee that is pushing for the change. Mark Goins, the state’s election coordinator, has twice ruled that ranking candidates by preference (which is then used instead of run-offs to determine the winner of any race where no candidate receives a majority of votes) cannot be used in Tennessee. Memphis voters first approved ranked-choice voting in a 2008 referendum. City officials now say they can accommodate such a ballot. Goins is set to rule on the most recent request before the end of the year, the Daily Memphian reports.

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