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Oscar-winner Jennifer Lawrence vocally speaks out against Memphis instant runoff Voting

Yesterday the Save IRV Memphis Campaign released this video featuring Oscar-winner Jennifer Lawrence encouraging Memphis voters to support Instant Runoff Voting (IRV) on November 6, 2018.The video release is the latest chapter in her post-partisan effort to help pass structural political reforms across America that stop political bribery and fix our broken elections.

 Jennifer Lawrence is a board member of RepresentUs, the nation’s largest grassroots anti-corruption campaign. RepresentUs is supporting the Save IRV Memphis campaign and encouraging its local members to vote “no” on all referendum in the Memphis 2018 Election. 

“It’s inspiring to see Jennifer Lawrence using her platform to fix our broken political system. Politicians helping themselves instead of the voters is all too common in Memphis and around the country,” said former City Council Chair Myron Lowery, a board member of Save IRV Memphis, the local grassroots group urging voters to vote “NO” on all ballot questions.

In 2008, a record year for voter turnout, 71% of voters in Memphis chose to amend the city charter to install term limits and to replace the two-round election system with IRV, slated to go into effect in October of 2019. Almost 10 years later, this crucial election reform still hasn’t been implemented. Even though the reformed voting system has actually never been used in Memphis, Memphis City Council members put a referendum on this November's ballot to repeal the system.

“Voters approved IRV and term limits years ago, and politicians now are trying to overturn the will of the people,” said State Rep. Johnnie Turner, another Save IRV Memphis board member. Jennifer Lawrence’s video is helping to make Memphians aware so that they won’t be fooled.”

If this Memphis City Council referendum passes next month, IRV will be repealed without citizens ever getting to use the reform they voted for. And Council incumbents will have given themselves an extra term.


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