One would think with 35 candidates in the race, it could get nasty, with many candidates going negative against the perceived front-runners. That never happened, and ranked-choice voting is widely credited with keeping the candidates focused on their vision for the city instead of knocking their opponents.
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
"Turnout in our city primary elections was dismal, and this was where critical choices were made. With Ranked Choice Voting, voters have more choice and more voters participate in our elections."
Elizabeth Glidden, Minneapolis City Council member
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.