To: Peter Ives, City Councilor, Chris Rivera, City Councilor, Carmichael Dominguez, City Councilor, Ron Trujillo, City Councilor, Michael Harris, City Councilor, Renee Villareal, City Councilor, Signe Lindell, City Councilor, Joseph Maestas,...

We need you to shift to implementing Ranked Choice Voting, please no further delays

I understand that on November 29th, First Judicial District Court Judge David Thomson indicated his intention to issue a Writ of Mandamus ordering the City of Santa Fe to use Ranked Choice Voting for the March 6, 2018 city elections. I’m pleased by Judge Thomson’s decision as Santa Fe voters have waited over 9 years since they voted to amend the City’s Charter to utilize Ranked Choice Voting.

Given Judge Thomson’s decision, I am respectfully requesting that the Mayor and Council:
• Direct the City Clerk, City Manager, and City Attorney to take all actions necessary to implement Ranked Choice Voting for the 2018 election.
• Direct the City Attorney to not appeal the Judge Thomson’s well-reasoned decision to the NM Supreme Court.

As I’m sure you are aware, time is now of the essence in moving as quickly as possible to ensure that Ranked Choice Voting is effectively implemented in time for the March 2018 election.

With respect to not appealing the case to the Supreme Court, the City has already spent a lot of time and resources resisting implementing Ranked Choice Voting, contrary to the will of the people. While I understand the concerns some Councilors have had, I think it is now time for the City to respect Judge Thomson’s decision – a decision made after a thorough evidentiary hearing of the facts and the law.

Thank you to those of you who have been pushing for a strategic implementation all along. We see you and thank you for your leadership and support of this important democratic measure.

Why is this important?

We need ranked choice voting to be implemented effectively in time for the March election. The voters of Santa Fe chose to improve and increase the representative nature of our democratic process through ranked choice voting. Now a judge has ruled after an evidentiary hearing, that the City is obliged to implement it. It's time to move forward and ensure its effectiveness. No more delays.


Reasons for signing

  • Why haven’t we been doing this?
  • Dear Councilors, Please read Judge Thomson's opinion. He addressed every argument the City made.
  • This is so important!

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