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, voters have approved each one, with the average margin of victory being nearly 30 percentage points.
As of June 29, 2022, here are confirmed measures that will be on the November ballot, nearly all of which would lead to implementation of RCV. Details of both can be found below.
On Tuesday, June 14, the Portland, Oregon Charter Commission voted to refer a measure to the November ballot that would implement ranked choice voting for all offices and the proportional form of ranked choice voting for city council. The charter amendment package would establish four city council districts, each of which would chose three council members via proportional ranked choice voting. If the measure passes, Portland will be the largest American city using proportional RCV, with over 600,000 residents. You can read more about the ballot measure in this statement by the Coalition of Communities of Color, and see a demonstration of how proportional RCV works here.
On June 21, the Fort Collins city council voted 6-1 to advance a ranked choice voting ballot measure for mayoral and city council elections to the November ballot. The state of Colorado passed legislation in 2021 allowing cities to adopt RCV for municipal elections. If the measure passes, Fort Collins will join five other Colorado cities and towns in using RCV. Follow the advocacy campaign with Ranked Choice Voting for Fort Collins.
On June 22, 2022, the Cedar Rapids charter commission voted unanimously to put trigger language in its charter that would automatically initiate a council-appointed commission to consider ranked choice voing should state law change to make it legally viable. Cedar Rapids currently often has low-turnout runoff elections after a November first round of voting. Find out more from Better Ballot Iowa.
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, which is a good source for in-state advocacy.
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 measure was the first RCV ballot measure scheduled for the 2022 election cycle. Find out more from FairVote Washington.
On June 29, 2021, the Multnomah Charter Review Committee voted 9-1-1 to place a referendum on the ballot, asking voters whether to adopt RCV for local elections. Find out more from Oregon Ranked Choice Voting.
RCV advocacy advocates in Nevada are working to advance a statewide ballot measure that includes ranked choice voting Backed by Nevada Voters First, the measure has been approved for the ballot by the state Supreme Court and awaits confirmation of signatures. Implementation will require a vote of approval in both 2022 and 2024. There may be additional local ballot measures as well. Here is a list of state RCV groups where you can learn more about these efforts.