In accordance with the LWV's position of promoting political responsibility through informed and active participation of citizens in government, the LWVVT will support legislation that assures that the candidate preferred by a majority of voters wins the election.
Specifically, the LWVVT will support instant runoff voting (IRV) for all statewide elections.
Continued support of revision of the Vermont constitution to contain fundamental law only and to provide for:
A permanent system of periodic, enforceable reapportionment of the General Assembly based substantially on population.
Four-year terms for Governor and Lieutenant Governor.
Continued support of a convention if needed for revision of the Vermont Constitution
The emphasis on geographic representation in legislative bodies in the U.S. may be anachronistic. It is more important that voters be represented by elected officials who reflect their political views than happen to live nearby. Single-seat winner-take-all elections, regardless of the method of redistricting, elevate the representation of
geography above political philosophy, and other priority voter self-identities.
It is impossible to redistrict single-seat districts in such a way as to promote BOTH competitive elections AND a highly representative delegation (as these two priorities are in inherent conflict in single-seat districts). Therefore:
The League of Women Voters of Vermont supports the principle of legislative districts using alternative voting methods, such as proportional representation in multi-seat districts, as a way of achieving both competitive elections and fair representation of both majorities and minorities within a district.