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Op-Ed: Approval voting will help end the political duopoly

Originally published in The Salt Lake Tribune | Special to The Tribune | May 14, 2021 Imagine you walk into a shoe store and the only two options available are snow boots and flip-flops, and there’s a big sign hanging overhead saying “choose only one.” You would be shocked at both the…

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Ranked choice voting. Passing fad, or here to stay?

Originally published in The Salt Lake Tribune | Nov. 2, 2021 It won’t be smooth sailing for ranked choice supporters next year. Some lawmakers would very much like to repeal the pilot program. Former Rep. Steve Christiansen was working on legislation to eliminate the ranked choice voting and vote-by-mail in Utah. Others…

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Letter: While ranked-choice stalls out, approval voting gains steam

Originally published in The Salt Lake Tribune | Public Forum | Oct. 26, 2021 You may have seen that the recent ballot initiative which would have implemented ranked-choice voting statewide was withdrawn due to a lack of on-the-ground organization. As disappointing as this may seem to supporters of reforming our election process, there is…

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Op-Ed: We must stop playing politics like chess

Originally published at UtahPolicy.com | Today At Utah Policy | Feb. 2, 2021 Have you ever tried playing chess without taking any of your opponent’s pieces? This question is ridiculous to anyone who has the slightest notion of how chess is played. Chess isn’t a collaborative effort or even a race to…

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Letter: Approval voting can help solve our political problems

Originally published in The Salt Lake Tribune | Public Forum | Feb. 14, 2021 With our country deeply divided over politics, we need to reward leaders who avoid divisiveness and extremism. Unfortunately, our current electoral system rewards extremists who grab attention and promise to fight their political adversaries. One simple change in…

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Approval Voting Bill On Hold

The bill that would add Approval Voting to the state’s pilot program is being held for now, pending a summer study. Our representatives want to learn more and we’ll be working hard to answer their questions. The Government Operations Interim Committee will decide whether or not to recommend Approval Voting favorably to…

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Approval Voting Bill Introduced in Utah House

Approval voting is officially on the agenda in the Utah House of Representatives. Representative Adam Robertson (R- District 63) has introduced HB0174, initially titled ‘Municipal Instant Runoff Voting Amendments,’ during the 2021 general session of the Utah State Legislature. This bill amends a previous law allowing municipalities to opt-in to a trial…

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