University of Missouri-St. Louis professor David C. Kimball's research shows that RCV does not adversely affect turnout, rather it increases voter turnout in the decisive election when it replaces a two-round runoff system. Professor Kimball wrote a guest post summarizing his findings.
Ranked choice voting has been adopted by several cities in the Bay Area of California and elsewhere to replace a contingent runoff taking place after a November election. One concern for advocates and critics alike is ballot exhaustion, but the data shows reason for optimism.
FairVote’s model of U.S. House of Representatives elections shows that House elections are so uncompetitive and skewed that it is unlikely that even a Clinton landslide would deliver Democrats the House.
Ranked Choice Voting (RCV) is commonly used around the world to democratically elect officials more fairly than plurality. In September and October, millions of our friends in the Land of the Long White Cloud and Down Under both used RCV to elect local officials.
Usually when I tell people that I chose to go to law school knowing that I didn’t want to be a practicing attorney – the type that goes to court every day and litigates criminal cases, or the kind that writes contracts between multinational companies or small businesses – I get a confused face and a “wait, what?” Yes, that’s right, I respond, I want to work in policy. And I’ve been fortunate enough not only to have that opportunity this year, but to work on policy that sits at the very core of all our other fundamental rights.
That is what SB 1288 sought to do -- that is, encourage participation by giving more options to more voters for electing a true representative. By depriving cities and counties the choice of which voting method works best for their communities, including an opportunity to use ranked choice voting so that voters have more voice and a greater choice, Governor Brown is making the choice for them.