What is ranked choice voting?

Ranked choice voting (RCV) is a method of holding elections that ensures voters equal opportunity to participate. Voters are given the option to rank all of the candidates in order of preference instead of having to choose just one.

RCV works because it:

  • Means that candidates that are more broadly popular tend to win
  • Encourages more positive, issue-focused campaigns
  • Promotes reflective representation, increasing the odds of candidates of color and women being elected
  • Provides more choices for voters
  • Saves money when replacing preliminary or runoff elections
  • Minimizes strategic voting