Washington state

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Washington is a state in the Pacific United States.


The history of electoral reform in Washington state goes back many years. Someone should write something about it. Here's what User:RobLa recalls off the top of his head:

  • 1920s - A systems sometimes called the "Spokane method" (but similar to Coombs' method) was implemented, and then dropped.[1]
  • 1990s - The Washington Citizens for Proportional Representation was formed. This group has since been renamed to FairVote WA
  • 2020s - Seattle Approves is formed

Pierce County, 2006–2009

This section adapted from the an article on English Wikipedia.[2]

Pierce County passed an initiative to implement instant-runoff voting in November 2006 to elect most of its county offices.[3] Voters upheld the 2008 implementation timing with a vote of 67% in 2007 and made adjustments to the charter language involving ballot access and numbers of rankings.[4] Seven instant-runoff elections took place on November 4, 2008 and one on November 3, 2009.[5] The introduction of instant-runoff was marked by controversies about costs. Matters were also complicated by the statewide restoration of the nonpartisan blanket primary following a 2008 Supreme Court ruling . On November 3, 2009, voters repealed instant-runoff.[6][7]

Local Options Bill

The Local Options Bill (House Bill 1722) seems like an important development.[8][9][10]



  1. http://lists.electorama.com/pipermail/election-methods-electorama.com//1996-March/065497.html
  2. https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Ranked-choice_voting_in_the_United_States&oldid=1010571987
  3. "Archived copy". Archived from the original on January 9, 2008. Retrieved January 26, 2008.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  4. "Archived copy". Archived from the original on February 8, 2008. Retrieved January 27, 2008.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  5. "Archived copy". Archived from the original on November 8, 2008. Retrieved November 6, 2008.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  6. Wickert, David W. (2009-11-09). "Voters Changing their Minds on Ranked-Choice". Tacoma News Tribune.
  7. "Pierce County Ranked Choice Voting Amendment, 2009". Ballotpedia. Retrieved 2021-03-19.
  8. https://lawfilesext.leg.wa.gov/biennium/2019-20/Pdf/Bills/House%20Bills/1722.pdf
  9. https://www.theurbanist.org/2020/12/31/lets-implement-ranked-choice-voting-for-seattles-2021-mayoral-election/
  10. https://www.reddit.com/r/Seattle/comments/lhvyz9/local_options_bill_ranked_choice_voting_hb1156/
  11. https://fairvotewa.org/