What is Ranked Choice Voting?

Ranked Choice Voting (sometimes referred to as Instant Runoff Voting) is a method of voting in which voters rank candidates on the ballot in order of preference – first, second, third, and so on. Voters can cast their vote for the candidate they truly prefer knowing that if he or she doesn’t garner enough votes to move on to the next round, their ballot will count toward their second choice. This simple voting method gives voters more choice by eliminating the spoiler dynamic and leveling the playing field for all candidates.

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