In their 54th Fall Session Resolutions, the Academic Senate for California Community Colleges (ASCCC) adopted ranked choice voting to elect members of their executive committee. This change, spanning across 115 California community colleges, was made in an effort to “significantly expedite the elections process” which often “require[s] multiple runoff elections.” It also ensures “that each delegate has the ability to participate in the election of each officer and representative that the delegate is entitled to vote for.” The ASCCC’s shift from majority vote to ranked choice voting follows a growing trend by universities nationwide. Currently, over 60 public and private universities in the United States use ranked choice voting. This diverse support for ranked choice voting within higher education signals confidence from Gen Z and millennials that ranked choice voting is the future of voting in the United States.
Support for ranked choice voting has been especially strong in California. Prior to the ASCCC’s decision, over 15 universities in California used ranked choice voting to elect student government officials. Multiple municipalities such as San Francisco, Oakland, and San Leandro use ranked choice voting to elect city officials, and state-level ranked choice voting legislation has widespread support. As proponents of ranked choice voting advance their case, unified support among an experienced youth population will be another point in favor of passing future ranked choice voting legislation.