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The Richmond City Council agreed to place a ranked choice voting ballot measure before voters this November.

The ballot measure was approved on July 2 in a 5-0 vote with Vice Mayor Claudia Jimenez and Councilmember Soheila Bana absent.

This system allows voters to register preferences

During the presentation, Shiva Mishek, Chief of Staff for the mayor who gave the presentation, asked the council, “is there a more fair way to conduct elections in Richmond.”

Mishek explained what was proposed was Richmont voters consider Instant Runoff Voting (IRV) which allows voters to rank candidates in the order they prefer during the general election.

“This system allows voters to register preferences,” explained Mishek who added studies showed more engagement in elections.

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