Vt. Senate approves statewide ranked-choice presidential primary bill

Ranked choice voting has received preliminary lawmaker approval again.
Published: Mar. 30, 2023 at 7:04 AM EDT
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MONTPELIER, Vt. (WCAX) - A bill that would allow ranked-choice voting in Vermont presidential primaries has received preliminary approval from state lawmakers.

The Vermont Senate Wednesday voted in favor during a second reading of legislation to put ranked-choice voting in place for Vermont’s 2028 presidential primary.

Bill S.32 would also create a summer study committee to investigate and make recommendations about other statewide elections that may be ready for ranked-choice voting in 2026. And it would give the power to cities and towns to adopt it for local elections as soon as next year.

The bill requires approval once more before heading to the House.

Burlington voters on Town Meeting Day also approved a charter change allowing ranked-choice voting for mayoral, school commissioner, and ward election officer elections. That will also need legislative approval

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