Ranked choice voting is a way to ensure elections are fair for all voters. If your vote cannot help your top choice win, your vote counts for your next choice.
Four simple steps to ranked choice voting:
- You have the option to rank candidates in order of preference: one, two, three, and so forth.
If a candidate receives more than half of the first choices, that candidate wins, just like in any other election.
- If there is no majority winner after counting first choices, the race is decided by an "instant runoff."
- The candidate with the fewest votes is eliminated, and voters who picked that candidate as ‘number 1’ will have their votes count for their next choice.
- This process continues until there’s a majority winner or a candidate won with more than 50% of the vote.