This is the fourth time the AV bill has been submitted. It did best the first time in 2011, because there were friendly state reps on the Election Law Committee. In 2016 at the open committee hearing there was too much talk about how AV would help third parties, not enough about how it would benefit the major parties. Yes, CES’ Jameson Quinn came to that hearing. The 2018 AV bill was introduced by a state rep who had been elected as a Republican but switched to the Libertarian Party–toxic. However, at least he, like the previous prime sponsors, had got co-sponsors from the other parties. This time around, the prime sponsor, a Republican, is alone on the bill, and the House has gone majority Democrat. There is a competing IRV bill, sponsored by a Democrat, with 5 cosponsors, all Democrats, and Lawrence Lessig testified:
For whatever reason, the AV sponsor and AV advocates failed to coordinate, and we’ve ended up again with spaghetti thrown against the wall, failing to stick, while IRV has gained mindshare.