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Bill Detail: HB21-1071

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Title Ranked Choice Voting In Nonpartisan Elections
Status Governor Signed (06/28/2021)
Bill Subjects
  • Elections & Redistricting
House Sponsors C. Kennedy (D)
Senate Sponsors F. Winter (D)
S. Fenberg (D)
House Committee State, Civic, Military and Veterans Affairs
Senate Committee State, Veterans and Military Affairs
Date Introduced 02/16/2021

Beginning in 2023, the bill allows a municipality to refer a
municipal election using instant runoff voting to be conducted as part of
a coordinated election. The secretary of state is required to promulgate
rules establishing the minimum system requirements and specifications
for a voting system to be used in an election using instant runoff voting
by March 31, 2022. After March 31, 2022, a system that has been tested

and satisfies the standards promulgated by the secretary of state may be
submitted for certification for use in an election using instant runoff
voting. If the secretary of state certifies a system, the secretary is required
to negotiate and purchase, if possible, a single annual statewide license
with the provider to allow each county that uses the voting system to
conduct elections using instant runoff voting.
On and after January 1, 2023, a statutory city or town or home rule
municipality that has taken formal action to conduct an election using
instant runoff voting may refer the election to be conducted as part of a
coordinated election by providing written notice to the county clerk and
recorder. If the county uses a voting system that is certified for use in an
election using instant runoff voting, the county clerk and recorder must
conduct the election as part of the coordinated election. The municipality
referring the election is responsible for any reasonable additional costs the
county incurs as a result of conducting an instant runoff voting election.
If the referring municipality is located in more than one county, the
counties are required to conduct the election using instant runoff voting
only if each county receives timely notice, each county uses a voting
system certified for such use, and the data from all the counties' voting
systems can be tabulated together in accordance with rules promulgated
by the secretary of state for conducting instant runoff elections across
multiple counties. The counties and the municipality are required to enter
into an agreement for the conduct of the election, which must specify the
procedures for the county canvass boards to canvass the election.
For any instant runoff voting election conducted as part of a
coordinated election, the secretary of state is the designated election
official responsible for tabulating and reporting the results. The secretary
of state is required, by December 31, 2022, to promulgate rules related to
instant runoff voting elections including the procedures for conducting
logic and accuracy tests and risk limiting audits, and for the tabulation,
reporting, and canvassing of results.

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