We believe it will reduce negative campaigning (...) because candidates will need to appeal to a broader range of voters for first- and second-choice rankings to build a majority of support.
Ranked-choice voting also helps create a richer and, hopefully, more civil dialogue on the issues and increases the diversity of views available for voters to consider by allowing candidates from outside the two major parties to compete.
—League of Women Voters of Maine
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Today, Matthew Dean Hindman writes for the Washington Post that instant runoff voting would be the "most fair, transparent and democratic manner possible," to select the eventual nominee. FairVote's second choice polling series has explored how instant runoff voting could improve not only the convention process, but also the individual primaries taking place in states and the public opinion polls used to gauge voter preferences.Read More
When Representative Chris Van Hollen announced his statewide campaign for the U.S. Senate, his congressional seat opened up. Participate in our ranked choice voting poll for primaries in Maryland's 8th Congressional District.Read More
by Austin Plier
Alabama held runoff elections for the District 1 and District 7 seats on the Alabama State Board of Education, as well as several Circuit Court Judge nominations on Tuesday. In District 1, where the state spent $500,000 dollars to administer the election, voter turnout was only 3%. Alabama could replace costly, low-turnout runoffs by using ranked choice voting in primary elections.Read More