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
Just 38 percent of voters 18 to 24 years old participated in the last presidential election, according to the U.S. Census. That number increases by an underwhelming 7 percentage points when you include voters up to 29 years old.
That dismal participation rate, I posit, is not due to apathy, but rather disillusionment.
After a smooth implementation of Ranked Choice Voting in Minneapolis, I believe the public is ready to adopt a system that gives more insight into the choice of the voters. St. Paul will start using the system this year and I look forward to helping take this important reform statewide.
Cyndi Lesher, Retired CEO of Northern States Power, an Xcel Energy Company
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