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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Bi-partisan bill (S.F. 1446, H.F. 1737)
...would give communities more local control to use Ranked Choice Voting.
"As a former school board member, I know local communities are laboratories of innovation. This bill gives cities, counties and school districts the tools and flexibility they need to explore and, if they choose, to adopt a new approach to local elections that's been shown to work here in Minnesota." - Rep. Tim Kelly (R-Red Wing)
"This bill is a key step in allowing Minnesota cities the opportunity to improve local elections. It's exciting to see communities enact commonsense voting reforms that promote greater participation and more substantive elections." - Sen. Ann Rest (DFL-New Hope)
What do voters say about ranked ballots?
Minneapolis voters speak after voting on November 5, 2013
Ranked Choice Voting is a rational, achievable, nonpartisan path to predictable outcomes – and to a government that represents a majority of citizens. Currently, political agendas that represent narrow partisan interests are creating a government in gridlock that cannot address Minnesota's long-term challenges. This dysfunction is harmful to the public sector process and it disadvantages individual citizens, nonprofits and the business community as well.
The best government for Minnesota requires thoughtful, balanced, and solutions-based leadership. A system that produces consensus-building, problem-solving public servants — with the interests of the majority of Minnesotans at heart — is more likely to result with Ranked Choice Voting.
Dr. Glen Nelson, MD; Chairman of GDN Holdings
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.