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How to describe ranked choice voting (RCV)

Ranked choice voting is an easy and effective reform that gives voters the power to rank their candidates in order of preference. It mimics an instant runoff. If a candidate earns a majority of first choices, they win, just like any other election. If not, the candidate with the fewest votes is eliminated and his or her voter’s ballots are counted for their second choice. This process continues until a candidate wins a majority of votes.

How to describe FairVote

FairVote is a national non-partisan, nonprofit organization focused on electoral reforms, including ranked choice voting. 

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Influential supporters/Media coverage:

Editorial board support: The Economist, The New York Times,  The Washington Post, The Boston Globe 

David Brooks, New York Times columnist 

“One Reform to Save America”

Lee Drutman, New America senior fellow

“If we’re abolishing the Electoral College, let’s also have ranked choice voting for president”

Peter Fromouth, former State Department official

“Ranked Choice Voting is easier than it sounds. Maybe it would cure our awful politics”

Matthew Yglesias, Vox 

“Proportional Representation Could Save America”

Eric Zorn, Chicago Tribune columnist

“How Chicago voters could get a shot of ‘instant democracy’”


Interview an expert 

Dave Daley, FairVote senior fellow, author of "Ratf**ked: The True Story Behind the Secret Plan to Steal America's Democracy

Topics of expertise: Redistricting reform, gerrymandering 


Drew Penrose, Law and Policy director:

Topics of expertise: Fair Representation Act, ranked choice voting, presidential elections, National Popular Vote, open vs. closed primaries


David O’Brien, staff attorney:

Topics of expertise: Recounts, redistricting and gerrymandering, voting rights, legislation


Pedro Hernandez, senior policy coordinator:

Topics of expertise: Voting rights, ranked choice voting in California


Erica Frazier, research manager: 

Topics of expertise: ranked choice voting election data


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