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.
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Ranked Choice Voting Local Options Bill (S.F. 335, H.F. 367)
...would give communities local control to use Ranked Choice Voting.
"If cities want to eliminate separate, low-turnout, unrepresentative primaries—and broaden political participation in the process—they shouldn’t need to seek special legislative permission." - Rep. Steve Simon
The bill is “just common sense. This is simply about getting out of the way and letting cities innovate.” - Sen. Ann Rest
What do voters say about ranked ballots?
Minneapolis voters speak after voting on November 5, 2013
Mayor Pete Lindstrom and Council Vice President Emily Larson: Local governments deserve the option of ranked-choice voting
This legislative session, we have missed a great opportunity for innovative, reform-minded Minnesota cities. Despite bipartisan support for ranked-choice voting, the Senate elections committee prevented a hearing of the “local options” bill. This bill would have given cities like ours the flexibility and the tools to switch to RCV.
The bill contained no mandates, and it would have had absolutely no impact on cities uninterested in exploring RCV. But for us and a number of interested cities across our state, it offered two important things: the freedom to give it a try without seeking legislative approval, along with guidelines and structure to ensure smooth, uniform implementation.
“It may take some time for voters to fully embrace Ranked Choice Voting, but in the face of candidates that reflect increasingly polarized ideologies more and more citizens are looking for alternatives that allow them to vote their conscience instead of hedging their electoral bets.”
Mike Logan, Governmental Affairs, Comcast
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
Low turnout argues for earlier primary. Add ranked-choice voting to give every winner majority status.
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.