There will be a referendum on the November 6, 2018 ballot to REPEAL Instant Runoff Voting (IRV) also known as Ranked Choice Voting (RCV) in the City of Memphis. In December 2017, the Memphis City Council voted to seek a referendum to repeal Instant Runoff Voting. The council voted unanimously to move forward with the REPEAL.


We are asking all voters who believe in

"One Person, One Vote" to vote

“FOR” the Repeal of Instant Runoff Voting!

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What is Instant Runoff Voting or Rank Choice Voting?

Instant-runoff voting (IRV) is an experimental voting method to be used in District elections. Instead of voting for the candidate they want to win, voters in IRV elections rank the candidates 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7 etc. in order of preference. Watch this video (on right) to show how a 3rd place candidate can win the election using IRV.

Please view this video to see how it works:

  • Instant Runoff Voting (aka Ranked Choice Voting) is a Failed ExperimentA decade ago, IRV was the new "cool" thing for cities to try, promoted by a group in Washington DC. In the past 10 years, cities around the country have had "Buyers Remorse" and quickly REPEALED IRV after finding it was confusing for voters and very expensive. There were huge increases in spoiled ballots, disenfranchised voters, and a drop in voter turnout, particularly in the minority communities.


  • Depending upon how you vote, your vote can be moved from one candidate to another – Instead  of your vote counting for who you want to win, your vote might go to another candidate.


  • IRV is a solution looking for a problem – Voters trust the system we have now.  Our current voting system is easy and understandable.  Our right to vote is hard fought and precious. We should not experiment with our democracy.


Why should you vote “For” Repeal Instant Runoff Voting?

If you’ve been around a while, you may remember the elections of 1974 and 1991 when the Memphis and Shelby County Election Commission had ballot box issues with Rep. Harold Ford and Memphis Mayor Willie Herenton’s race. Check out this video on the left!

It can happen again in Memphis with Instant Runoff Voting. Remember to vote YES to Repeal Instant Runoff Voting!

What should you

know about Instant

Runoff Voting.

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Instant Runoff Voting is a Modern-Day Literacy Test

Literacy tests were given to Blacks in the South to suppress their votes and voices.  Discover how Instant Runoff Voting does the same thing by going to our VOTER SUPPRESSION & SPOILED BALLOT pages.

1964 Literacy Test Blacks had to take to vote

2013 Instant Runoff Voting Ballot

1964 Literacy Test Blacks had to take to vote

2013 Instant Runoff Voting Ballot

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Minneapolis Spoiled Ballot Ward 5 vs War

IRV Group broke State Law and Fined $5,000 for claiming

Pres. Obama endorsement

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