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. 1855, H.F. 1280)
...would give communities local control to use Ranked Choice Voting.
"If local officials want their communities to make it easier for deployed service members to participate in elections, the Legislature should support this." - Sen. Scott Newman
The bill is “simply common sense. I’ve sponsored this proposal for several years, and support on both sides of aisle continues to grow. This bill has always been 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
For immediate release
March 18, 2015
Contact: Jeanne Massey, FairVote Minnesota Executive Director
RCV ‘Local Options’ Bill Gains Bipartisan Backing
ST. PAUL – Minnesota lawmakers on both sides of the aisle are poised to notch a victory for local control and political innovation: A bipartisan bill that would make it easier for efficiency-conscious communities to try Ranked Choice Voting stands its best chance yet of passage.
“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
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.