Do you feel like your views are properly represented by the politicians who are supposed to represent you?
We didn't think so.
We envision a California where all residents feel represented and heard.
We believe in a simple, cost-effective change that is proven to make democracy more fair, more representative, and more functional. It’s called Ranked Choice Voting, and it’s already making government better in California and other states across the U.S.
"Ranked Choice Voting is the fastest-growing electoral reform in the country, with 55 cities, counties, and states that are home to over 11 million voters now using it. Two states, Maine and Alaska, use RCV for most of their important state and federal races, and both Democratic and Republican primaries use it to nominate their presidential or gubernatorial candidates. New York City’s use of RCV in its municipal elections contributed to the first women-majority city council in its history (31 out of 51 seats, 25 of them women of color). Military and overseas voters in six states cast RCV ballots in federal runoff elections. More people than ever have heard of it, understand it, and seem to have a generally favorable view." - DemocracySOS
RCV makes every vote more meaningful and gives us all more choice.
Better representation of what voters care about
Voters can choose across a wider ideological range, including other parties. Each of us can vote our conscience without worrying about accidentally electing the candidate we like the least (the “spoiler effect”).
In RCV elections, candidates are incentivized to appeal to the broadest possible coalition of their constituents — not just a vocal minority. This rewards less polarizing candidates and reduces negative campaigning.
Better representation of our diversity
RCV is proven to increase the diversity of elected officials to more closely match the communities they work for, including more people of color, more women, and more diverse political viewpoints
When California voters are given the choice to use RCV, they do so overwhelmingly.
- Oakland (adopted in 2006, using since 2010)
- San Francisco (adopted 2002, using since 2004)
- San Leandro (adopted as option in 2000 charter amendment, using since 2010)
- Berkeley (adopted 2004, using since 2010)
- Albany (adopted for 2022 implementation)
- Eureka (adopted for 2022 implementation)
- Palm Desert (adopted for 2022 implementation)
The California RCV Coalition’s mission is to expand the use of Ranked Choice Voting to all Californians to ensure we have a greater voice in our democracy.
Adoption of RCV in a state as big as California is a long-term effort. To raise awareness, build confidence, and enjoy the benefits of RCV faster, we cultivate and harness grassroots energy to support local RCV campaigns with training, guidance, volunteers, financial, and legal support. We are simultaneously laying the foundation to campaign for RCV in statewide and federal elections in California.
We need your support.
We are a diverse, nonpartisan grassroots organization run and funded by volunteers and partner organizations from around California.