How does Ranked Choice Voting address the problems in our current voting system?
Ranked Choice Voting is a simple reform that produces more civil, inclusive, participatory and representative outcomes than the current first-past-the-post system.
By allowing voters to express their true preferences instead of voting for the “lesser of two evils,” RCV:
- Eliminates "wasted" votes.
- Solves the "spoiler" problem and gives voters more choice.
- Increases voter participation.
By allowing voters to rank their votes, RCV:
- Simulates a runoff in a single, cost-effective election ensuring candidates win with the broadest support possible rather than simply being the first to “past the post.”
- Rolls two elections into one, eliminating the need for low-turnout, costly primaries in local nonpartisan elections and runoffs in state and federal partisan primaries and general elections to ensure majority outcomes.
By eliminating local nonpartisan primaries, RCV:
- Reduces the cost of running campaigns and elections.
- Eliminates the opportunity for a small group of voter to prematurely winnow the field of candidates in a low-turnout, early August primary.
- Gives voters more choice and an equal voice in a single, high-turnout, diverse election in November.
By leveling the playing field for all candidates, RCV:
- Opens the political process to new voices.
- Promotes more diverse political representation.
- Increases opportunity for traditionally underrepresented communities.
By requiring candidates to seek voters’ second-choice support, RCV:
- Rewards candidates who appeal to a broad base of voters.
- Reduces the incentive for candidates to attack their opponents and promotes more civil, issue-oriented campaigns.
- Results in office-holders who more fully represent the views and desires of a broad swath of voters.
- Fosters coalition-building and compromise.