How is ranked choice voting fair?

  • Ranked choice voting (RCV) produces fairer results because every voter has their vote meaningfully cast, whether they support a candidate that receives more votes than they need or a candidate that gets last place.
  • RCV gives voters the power to rank their preferences which means if someone’s favorite candidate can’t win, their vote counts for their next choice. This way, every vote will count, while winner-take-all elections opens the door for vote splitting issues and entire communities not being represented at all.
  • In an election to fill more than one seat, RCV is used to ensure that voters in the majority elect a majority of seats, but voters in the minority are still able to elect their fair share.