Welcome to our guide on Ranked Choice Voting (RCV) - A Fairer Way to Vote!
Ranked Choice Voting, also known as instant-runoff voting, is an electoral system that allows voters to rank candidates in order of preference. Unlike traditional "first-past-the-post" voting systems, where voters choose a single candidate, RCV allows for a more nuanced expression of preferences, promoting a fairer and more democratic representation of the electorate's will.
In RCV, voters rank candidates by assigning them a numerical order based on their preferences, typically from first choice to last choice. If no candidate receives an absolute majority of first-choice votes, a series of runoffs occur, eliminating the least popular candidates and redistributing their votes to the remaining candidates according to voters' subsequent choices. This process continues until a candidate achieves the majority of votes and is declared the winner.
The video below gives a more in depth explanation on how Ranked Choice Voting works:
More information about Ranked Choice Voting can be found from Common Cause at RCVNM.org