On January 7, 2021, State Senator McCollister introduced LB 125, which would amend the Election Act to establish ranked choice ballots for the election of the President and Vice President, US Senator, US Representatives, State Legislators, and Governor and Lieutenant Governor.
Ranked choice voting is an election voting system in which a voter uses a ranked ballot to indicate the voter’s preference between candidates and the results are determined using the ranked-choice voting count.
LB 125 HAS BEEN REFERRED TO A COMMITTEE, SO WHAT HAPPENS NEXT?
There was a hearing for LB 125 on February 18, but it is still under consideration by the committee. There are four ways you can submit comments to the committee, but we encourage you to write, call, or email your Senator and the committee members.
- In Person Testimony: As always, persons attending a public hearing in person will have an opportunity to present verbal testimony to the committee and be subject to questioning by the committee members. In-person testimony is generally limited to 5 minutes although the chair of each committee has discretion to modify that time limit. Persons verbally testifying will be listed as a testifier on the committee statement as has been the practice, and have their position included within the official committee hearing record.
- Written Testimony: As part of the Nebraska Legislature’s procedural modifications in response to the COVID-19 Pandemic, during the 2021 Session, the standing committees will be accepting submitted written testimony for public hearings on a bill or resolution when the following specific procedures outlined below are met.
- Email a position letter: If you are not testifying in person on a bill or resolution, or submitting written testimony in person on a bill (Option 2), but would like to submit a position letter to be included in the official hearing record as an exhibit, you must deliver your letter to the office of the committee chair or emailed to the committee’s email account firstname.lastname@example.org by 12:00 p.m. CST on the last work day prior to the public hearing.
- Online Comments: In order to facilitate public input on legislation, a new feature has been added to the Nebraska Legislature’s website for submission of written comments on pending legislation on the Legislature’s website at any stage of the process. Online comments are not included in official hearing records.
reach out to members of the Government, Military and Veterans Affairs Committee, they are:
- Sen. Tom Brewer, Chairperson, District 43, email@example.com
- Sen. Steve Halloran, District 33, firstname.lastname@example.org
- Sen. Matt Hansen, District 26, email@example.com
- Sen. John Lowe, District 37, firstname.lastname@example.org
- Sen. Rita Sanders, District 45, email@example.com
The following Nebraska State Senators have co-sponsored the measure (all three are on the committee):
- Sen. John McCollister, District 20, firstname.lastname@example.org, Supports LB 125 ✔
- Sen. Megan Hunt, District 8, email@example.com, Supports LB 125 ✔
- Sen. Carol Blood, District 3, firstname.lastname@example.org, Supports LB 125 ✔
Click here to find your Senator and send them a message about Ranked Choice Voting!
Watch the full committee hearing below
For the People Act (H.R. 1)
- Protect and expand voting rights and election security
- Reduce the influence of big money in our politics
- Ensure an ethical government accountable to the people
- Provides state grants for improved election security and technology capable of processing RCV ballots
Fair Representation Act (H.R. 4000)
- Allow voters to express their full and true preferences by using ranked choice voting to elect representative(s)
- Create larger, multi-member districts with up to five members each
- Organize a 15-member independent redistricting commission in each state
Ranked Choice Voting Act (H.R. 4464)
The Ranked Choice Voting (RCV) Act is a bill that would make our elections fairer, more efficient, and more representative for all U.S. Senate and House primaries and general elections. The Act would require that all U.S. House and Senate elections be conducted with ranked choice voting beginning in 2022. It would replace all congressional runoff elections.