!!GO Glendale!! (Glendale votes on IRV in September)
In the local Primary Election on September 2nd, the city of Glendale Arizona will lead the state in voting on a ballot measure that would institute Ranked Choice (RCV) or Instant Runoff Voting. This is especially important for Glendale, as they currently have a majority rule government in place and a very competitive political population (see the tally here).
This comes to Glendale via the Initiative, Referendum and Recall laws initiated by the State of Arizona as it came to statehod in 1912. The initiative was headed by a grassroots organization called "Better Ballot, Glendale", The Arizona Chapter of the League of Women Voters and FairVote AZ.
Where's Glendale? (from Google Maps)
Why Glendale? (Glendale,... Arizona?)
Many here in Tucson might wonder why Glendale is taking the lead. After all, we're more inovative, more progressive and more open-minded. Or at least we like to think so. So why does a suberban township of Phoenix trump Tucson's efforts? Simply put, great ideas work universally and come from all corners of our population.
Ranked Choice Voting is a good idea for promoting fair elections and fair elections work for everyone in a republican democracy. Additionally, dedicated advocates for better ballots are everywhere!