Ranked-choice voting bill tabled

PHOTO: Person filling out a ballot, Photo Date: August 15, 2016
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RICHMOND, Va. (CBS19 NEWS) -- Delegate David Toscano says a bill he proposed that would allow localities to adopt ranked choice voting has been tabled.

According to a release, Toscano appeared before the House of Delegates Privileges and Election subcommittee on Thursday for a hearing on the bill.

It also says he introduced the legislation after hearing from constituents and the group FairVote Virginia concerning this type of voting.

“I want to thank the advocates and constituents in Charlottesville who told me about their interest in trying ranked choice voting in local elections, including FairVote Virginia co-founder and economics professor Sally Hudson,” said Toscano. “She did a great job answering questions for subcommittee members this morning about the positive experiences voters in cities across American have had using this system, but unfortunately, it was not enough to satisfy the skeptics on the subcommittee.”

This type of voting allows people to rank up to three candidates in the order the voter prefers, eliminating runoffs.

The release says the bill was tabled on a party-line vote.

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