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Ranked-Choice Voting is a Disaster

One person. One vote. That’s how American elections work.

Ranked-Choice Voting (RCV) threatens to undo this very principle—discounting votes, diminishing voter confidence, and threatening prompt election results.

The end result? A drop in voter confidence that lingers long after Election Day. Experiences with RCV in Maine and New York City should serve as cautionary tales, encouraging voters and policymakers to reject RCV in their communities.

Learn more about how RCV suppresses voter choice and why it should be stopped.


RCV Discounts Votes

What is "ballot exhaustion?"

Under an RCV system, “ballot exhaustion” occurs when a voter overvotes, undervotes, or only ranks candidates that are no longer in contention, and the voter’s ballot does not count toward the end result.

RCV Diminishes Voter Confidence

Complicating the process and confusing voters

How is this better than the traditional voting process? How are voters supposed to make informed decisions about all the candidates on the ballot, some of whom may not even be valid candidates anymore?

RCV Threatens Prompt Elections Results

Slower results and increased irregularities

Multiple rounds of tabulation and choice ranking until one candidate receives more than 50% of the remaining votes means slower results, increased irregularities, and undermining our "one person, one vote" system.

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Study Our Resources on Ranked-Choice Voting

    Ranked-Choice Voting: A Disaster in Disguise

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How Winners are Losing in American Elections


By Madeline Malisa

Who exactly are the winners of this new and confusing electoral system called ranked-choice voting (RCV)? It’s not the thousands of voters that show up to the polls in RCV elections only to have their votes thrown out. The winners of RCV are partisans and special interests who use the system’s design to manipulate election outcomes and undermine states’ efforts to safeguard election integrity.

Read in Real Clear Policy

Strengthening the trust that the American people have in the election process should not be a partisan issue. Banning ranked-choice voting is a measure that everyone ought to support to protect election integrity.

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