Ranked choice voting is set to make a big splash on Tuesday. Here are the races to watch.
There’s nothing quite like an off-year election — and thanks to the rapid adoption of ranked choice voting across the country, there’s really never been anything quite like this year’s election.
Ranked choice voting empowers voters to rank candidates in order of preference, and helps municipalities to save taxpayer money by avoiding costly (and low-turnout) runoffs. But RCV is also increasingly demonstrating an ability to change the tenor of the campaigns; under ranked choice voting, candidates work to earn second and third place votes, and ease the toxicity of campaigns. As one campaign consultant said, with ranked choice voting, there’s a reason to approach each and every constituent.
(If you need a refresher on the basics of ranked choice voting, check out our page here).
Ranked choice voting will be used in 31 municipalities across the country on Tuesday, capping off what has been a major year for this popular nonpartisan election reform.
Meanwhile, RCV also helped to assure what’s expected to be the most diverse city council ever, with 29 women (26 of whom identify as WOC) and the city’s second ever Black mayor.
Ranked choice voting gives voters more voice, choice, and power in their elections, and we’re only going to see more of it in the years to come.