Recent ranked choice voting (RCV) ballot measures have a track record of success. From 2016-2021, there were 20 measures to enact RCV on the ballot, including four statewide measures (two in Maine) and 16 measures in cities and counties. Of those, there were 18 victories. In the last 13 cities to vote on RCV in 2019-2021, the average margin of victory has been by nearly 30 percentage points.
So far in 2022, there are two confirmed measures that will be on the November ballot. Details of both can be found below.
On December 8, 2021, the Clark County Charter Review Commission voted 11 to 4 to put an RCV ballot measure on the 2022 ballot. Clark County is Washington’s fifth largest county – just over the Columbia River from Portland, Oregon, and home to the city of Vancouver and over 400,000 residents. This measure would significantly increase the number of Americans who use RCV.
You can read more about the measure in this guest blog by FairVote Washington.
On December 6, 2021, San Juan County’s Charter Commission placed a referendum on the ballot, asking voters whether to adopt RCV for local elections. San Juan County’s is the first RCV ballot measure scheduled for the 2022 election cycle.
RCV advocacy groups in Missouri, Nevada, and Oregon are working to put statewide ballot measures that include ranked choice voting in some form before voters in November. Their inclusion on the ballot will depend on whether the groups gather a certain number of signatures, and meet other legal requirements in their states. We can anticipate more local ballot measures as well. Here is a list of state RCV groups where you can learn more about these efforts.