As Electoral Reform Lands on More Ballots, Anti-Ranked-Choice Campaign Defends Status Quo - 2020-07-31

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F330.png As Electoral Reform Lands on More Ballots, Anti-Ranked-Choice Campaign Defends Status Quo July 31, 2020, Max Dunat, Reason Magazine

A surging number of states and localities are thinking about adopting ranked-choice voting, an alternative approach to running an election that offers more room for independent and third-party candidates. This, in turn, has sparked a backlash from the defenders of the traditional system.

Come November, voters in Alaska, Massachusetts, and North Dakota, among other places, will decide whether to adopt ranked-choice voting, which allows voters to rank candidates on the ballot in order of preference instead of choosing just one.

If a candidate gets an outright majority of first-preference votes, he or she wins. If no one gets a majority, the candidate who received the least number of first-preference votes is eliminated. The votes they received are transferred over to voters' second preference. The process repeats until one candidate receives a majority of transferred votes. The process is also known as "instant runoff" voting, because it simulates a run-off election.

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