Ranked choice voting (RCV) is gaining momentum across the country, because it is a win-win solution for voters and elected leaders that solves concrete, immediate problems. As the growing list of colleges and universities (now more than 60 in the United States alone) using RCV demonstrates, student leaders have been on the cutting edge of advancing RCV as a solution to the problems of low turnout, lack of choices, and non-majority winners that can often afflict student government elections. As a case in point, Ball State student government leaders are responding to recent low-turnout runoff elections by proposing adoption of RCV.
As the Ball State Daily reports, a Ball State student government member, Lauren Kamykowski, was concerned that the Ball State student government needed to hold runoff elections in 2019 and 2020 that featured what she characterized as “drastically” reduced turnout compared to turnout in the first round of voting. In response, Kamykowski presented a student government amendment that would implement RCV. By adopting RCV, the Ball State student government could include more student voices in the final decision on who will represent them, while still upholding majority rule. Kamykowski believes the RCV amendment is likely to pass, which would add Ball State to the growing ranks of civic associations and state and local governments who recognize RCV as a win-win solution that strengthens our democracy.