RCV JAX is a nonpartisan, not for profit, 100% volunteer organization that is working to bring Ranked-Choice Voting (RCV) to Jacksonville, Florida. We are also as of January 2020 the Jacksonville chapter of the statewide organization Rank My Vote Florida (www.rankmyvoteflorida.org).
Our local effort started in early 2019 when a small group of citizens got together to help find a more efficient and constructive way to make their communities' voices heard and improve voter participation.
In the Spring 2019 municipal elections, voter turnout in Jacksonville (Duval County) was 24% and 14% in the first and second round, respectively. RCV eliminates the need for the run-off round. RCV can't do much about voter turnout, but we CAN ensure that as many people as possible had a say in the final results, and if RCV had been used in 2019, 24% of voters would have participated in the end results, not just 14% (that's an additional 60,000+ voters!)
There are other benefits as well:
When voters are able to rank their preferences, political campaigning becomes less negative with fewer personal attacks. Candidates are incentivized to focus on the issues, and voter turnout tends to improve.
Ranked Choice Voting also helps avoid voter fatigue from an entire second cycle of campaign ads and phone calls as there is only one round of voting.
It makes government more efficient by saving taxpayer dollars. Eliminating the second round run-off will save the city $1.2 million every election cycle. That is money that could be spent for hiring teachers, firefighters, police, etc.
In short, RCV is a better way forward for all. We know the "Bold New City of the South" is ready for it, so please help us make it happen! And be sure to check out the statewide organization as well!