Voter Understanding and Support

Voter Support and Understanding of RCV

It is absolutely crucial that voters understand how to interact with a ranked ballot, understand their electoral system, and are able to cast a meaningful vote for a candidate of their choice. This section examines how well voters understand RCV and voters’ level of satisfaction with RCV. 

Voter Support for RCV

FairVote. 2020. Exit Surveys: Voters Evaluate Ranked Choice Voting.

Public Perceptions of Alternative Voting Systems: Results from a National Survey Experiment, by David Kimball and Joseph Anthony. (April 2021).

Choosing to Vote as Usual by Andre Blais, Carolina Plescia, and Semra Sevi. (February 2021).

Electoral Systems and Political Attitudes: Experimental Evidence by Sean Fischer, Amber Lee, and Yphtach Lelkes. (May 2021).

 

Voter Understanding of RCV

A voter's understanding of the voting method is an important component of voter empowerment. This section primarily focuses on self-reported understanding through polling. For research on how voters interact with the ranked ballot in practice, such as data on undervotes, overvotes, and number of rankings used, see the page on Data on RCV -> Ballot Use.

Germer, Matt. September 2021. An Analysis of Ranked Choice Voting in Maine. The R Street Institute.

John, S. & Tolbert, C. April 2015. Socioeconomic and Demographic Perspectives on Ranked Choice Voting in the Bay Area.

John, S. & Tolbert, C. April 2015. Socioeconomic and Demographic Perspectives on Ranked Choice Voting in the Bay Area.

Donovan, T., Tolbert, C., & Gracey, K. April 2019. Self‐Reported Understanding of Ranked‐Choice Voting.

Coll, Joseph A. June 2021. Demographic Disparities Using Ranked Choice Voting? Ranking Difficulty, Under-Voting, and the 2020 Democratic Primary

 

 

 

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