What does ranked choice voting do?


Ranked choice, or instant runoff, voting ensures that no one can win with less than 50% of the vote. It eliminates the risk of "vote splitting", where two or more candidates "split" the votes of a certain group. It also means that no one has to vote strategically – you can vote for the candidate you want each time.

Ranked choice voting strongly discourages negative campaigning tactics, as candidates are trying to achieve "second choice" status from all their opponents' supporters. With ranked ballots, candidates aren't forced to drop out of a race to prevent vote splitting. That means voters have more options to choose from – and more diversity. 

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