Ranked choice voting (RCV) is a fair representation voting system where voters maximize the effectiveness of their vote by ranking candidates in single- and multi-seat districts. RCV gives like-minded voters the chance to win legislative seats in proportion to their share of the population, unlike America’s current system of winner-take-all elections, which awards 100% of power to a 50.1% majority of voters. Countries such as Australia and Ireland and American cities like Minneapolis and Cambridge use ranked choice voting to elect their governments. To see how RCV can work to create a more representative legislature, see this video from popular YouTube educator, CGP Grey:
Because of its proven history, its candidate-centric character, and its ability to allow voters to express their full, honest preferences on their ballots, ranked choice voting is the best fair voting system for use in U.S. elections.
Ranked choice voting has proven to be an effective tool in electing representative governments abroad and at home, encouraging coalition-building among minority groups and parties, while accommodating voter choice. Read more about ranked choice voting, our flagship reform, here.