R 069
2023 -- S 0046
Enacted 01/31/2023

S E N A T E   R E S O L U T I O N

Introduced By: Senator Samuel D. Zurier

Date Introduced: January 30, 2023

     WHEREAS, Using non-plurality voting has the potential to expand the range of choices
available to voters and promote campaigns that are more positive and focused on issues; and
     WHEREAS, The implementation of runoff elections would ensure that a winner of a
primary election won a majority of the votes in a given election, promoting majority support of a
candidate by the electorate; now, therefore be it
     RESOLVED, That a special legislative commission be and the same is hereby created
consisting of seven (7) members: three (3) of whom shall be members of the Senate, not more
than two (2) from the same political party, to be appointed by the President of the Senate; one of
whom shall be a representative of the Board of Elections, to be appointed by the President of the
Senate; one of whom shall be the Secretary of State, or designee; and two (2) of whom shall be
representatives from a board of canvassers or election officials of two (2) different cities or towns
in the state, to be appointed by the President of the Senate.
     All members of the study commission shall be registered voters of this state at the time of
their selection and at all times while they remain on the commission.
     The purpose of said commission shall be to study the potential application of non-
plurality voting on elections for General Assembly and General Officer candidates, including, but
not limited to;
     • Analyzing the current voting system and the requirements for implementing non-
plurality voting and runoff elections, including public education, voting equipment and
technology, ballot designs, and costs;
     • Determining the level of public support for non-plurality voting and runoff elections;
     • Reviewing the experience of other states in conducting elections using non-plurality
voting and runoff elections;
     • Providing recommended changes in the law to implement non-plurality voting and
runoff elections; and
     • Providing recommendations on making all voting systems used in the state compatible
with non-plurality voting, including a review of the availability and costs of necessary voting
equipment; study any other alternatives to single-ballot plurality voting the commission considers
relevant or useful.
     Forthwith upon passage of this resolution, the members of the commission shall meet at
the call of the President of the Senate, who shall appoint a Chair of the commission.
     Vacancies in the commission shall be filled in like manner as the original appointment.
     A quorum of the commission shall consist of a majority of its membership, and the
membership of the commission shall receive no compensation for their services.
     All departments and agencies of the state, shall furnish such advice and information,
documentary or otherwise, to the commission and its agents as is deemed necessary or desirable
by the commission to facilitate the purposes of this resolution.
     The Joint Committee on Legislative Services is hereby authorized and directed to provide
suitable quarters for the commission; and be it further
     RESOLVED, That the commission shall report its findings and recommendations to the
President of the Senate on or before October 31, 2023, and the commission shall expire on
December 31, 2023.