Ranked Choice Voting allows voters to rank candidates on the ballot according to their preference - 1st choice, 2nd choice, 3rd choice, etc. Voters cast their vote for their favorite candidate knowing that if he or she doesn't gather enough votes to win, their vote will count toward their second choice. In a single-winner election, votes cast for the least popular candidate are not "wasted", but rather redistributed to more popular candidates, based on the voters' second choices, until one candidate wins with a majority of votes.
How Ranked Choice Voting Works
Using what we had in our pockets, we made a video that shows how ranked choice voting is an easier and better way to run elections.
What do voters say about ranked ballots?
Minneapolis voters speak after voting on November 5, 2013
“To me, the most important potential benefit from Ranked Choice Voting is the profound shift it can make in the tone of our campaigns. Currently, a winning campaign strategy is most often based on driving up your opponent’s negatives, convincing uncommitted voters that your opponent is a bad person whom they should vote against. With RCV, however, it’s bad strategy to trash your opponents too severely since you might need their second place votes. Campaigns would necessarily shift from teaching voters to vote against the hated other side to teaching voters to vote for your candidate and his/her world view.”
Wyman Spano, Director, University of Minnesota-Duluth Center for Advocacy and Political Leadership; Co-founder and editor, Politics in Minnesota
Washington, D.C., is more partisan, polarized and broken than ever, and new polls show that an overwhelming 78 percent of Americans think our country is headed in the wrong direction.
‘Palate to the Ballot’ Promotes RCV and a Better Democracy
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Come meet the man Grist magazine calls a “prince of rock nobility [turned] wonky election reformist": Krist Novoselic. The bassist for Nirvana now serves as board chair for FairVote, our national counterpart working to reform elections across the country.