What is Ranked Choice Voting?

Ranked Choice Voting (also known as "Instant Runoff Voting") is a method of voting which ensures that the winning candidate is the one most preferred by voters, regardless of how many candidates are in the race. It ensures that no one is throwing away their vote by voting for the candidate they agree with, and it eliminates fears about "spoilers" taking votes away from other candidates. It works by letting each voter rank the candidates s/he likes in order of preference (1st, 2nd, 3rd), instead of voting for just one candidate. If your first choice loses, your vote is reassigned to your second choice candidate. For a visual depiction of how this works, visit ourĀ What is RCV? page.