Voters confused by proposed amendments - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

Reported by Ben Watson

Voters confused by proposed amendments

MEMPHIS, TN (WMC-TV) - Some voters are confused by the proposed amendments on the November ballot, including one that would create an instant runoff voting system.

Supporters said the instant runoff amendment is designed to change the way voters are allowed to cast their vote when there's a runoff.

Currently, if no candidate receives a majority of the votes, voters must head back to the polls and vote again six weeks later.

Under the "instant" proposal, voters could rank their choices on election day, and those choices would carry over should there be a need for a runoff later.
 
"Instant runoff voting combines first round elections with the runoff elections into one by letting voters rank their choices first, second, third. It saves times for voters and is certified on the ballot as saving a quarter million dollars a year," said Steve Mulroy of the Democratic Party.

However, opponents of instant runoff voting claim that it would be too confusing and difficult for voters to follow.

Meanwhile, supporters of the measure argue that the current runoff system is expensive and has a history of only generating a 5 percent voter turnout.


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