Ranked-choice Voting

Fix gerrymandering, increase voter turnout, empower moderate candidates

It's election year, and there are three candidates on the ballot:

  • You don't like candidate A

  • You HATE candidate B 

  • You LOVE candidate C, who's polling just behind the other two.

 

So who do you vote for? 

Candidate A, of course. Because if you don't, candidate B might take it all.

This is a gaping flaw in our republic recognized by election scientists and voters everywhere. Instead of voting for the best candidate, we often find ourselves voting against the worst candidate. Ranked-choice voting (RCV) fixes this issue. 

With RCV, you rank several of your top candidates. If your first choice loses, don't sweat it. Your vote will simply flow to your next favorite candidate. 

 

Now, in the example above, you have no problems voting for candidate C because if they lose, your vote will just go to your next favorite option. 

This fixes the myriad of problems with our current plurality system:

  • RCV allows more moderate candidates to run and win more elections. Currently, despite having wider support, moderates lose to candidates who appeal to the fringes of each party.

  • RCV makes districts with career politicians much more competitive so that representatives have to work to keep their constituents happy, or they lose their jobs.

  • RCV allows third-party candidates to win elections, bringing much needed ideological diversity to all levels of government.

  • RCV creates more swing districts, greatly inhibiting gerrymandering efforts from both parties. 

  • RCV increases participation in our republic. It's associated with a 10-point increase in voter turnout in general elections. 

  • RCV results in better voter representation, since voters can vote for who they truly feel is the best option. 

  • RCV breaks up the duopoly that is currently ruling America, and will make both the Democratic and Republican parties more innovative and voter-centric in the long run.