Our Proposal: Upgrade to Ranked Choice Voting

Ranked Choice Voting (RCV) is an updated voting system, which allows voters to rank multiple candidates on the ballot in order of preference -- 1, 2, 3, and so on -- instead of being forced to choose just one candidate. The non-choice between the "lesser of two evils" that our current system promotes is gone; using a Ranked Choice Voting system, voters can finally express their true preferences. "Throwing one's vote away" is no longer a concern, because RCV eliminates the problems of vote-splitting and spoiler candidates.

The Spoiler Effect

It happens in too many elections: two leading candidates are neck-and-neck for the same office. A third contender, who holds similar views to one of the leading candidates, enters the race, and—voilà—he splits the vote away from one of the leading candidate and costs that candidate the election.

Whose fault was it? Was it the "spoiler" candidate who "ruined" the election by changing the outcome? Was it the voters who supported that candidate and "threw" the election to someone whom most voters didn't support?

Neither -- it's the voting system. Under our current pick-one-and-pray voting system, a candidate with majority support can lose to a less popular candidate merely because another similar candidate is in the race. With Ranked Choice Voting, vote splitters become vote "joiners", since voters are encouraged to compare candidates to one another in order to number them by preference, and election spoilers become election "fresheners", since more candidates means more perspectives, tougher questions, more accountability, and meaningful debate.

Vote your Values

Ranked Choice Voting lets people vote based on their values, rather than worrying about the horse race. It eliminates the fear that voting for the candidate you strongly support could help a candidate you strongly oppose, and it ensures that the winning candidate is the one with majority support, not the beneficiary of a "spoiled" election.