Ranked Voting in Frank Collins

We believe that ranked voting is the most democratic way of voting but you must be wondering what are our reasons why we choose ranked voting among other voting systems? We chose ranked voting because it was designed for the ease of hand counting. It is, however, not the best way to elect the candidate with a majority of the votes. In fact our current method often elects candidates with less than a majority vote.

Again, why ranked voting? Since 1997, in Fort Collins 43% of city council elections have had more than three candidates and in half of these elections, the winner did not have a majority of the vote. Winners have been elected with as little as 29% of the popular vote. In these elections, voters often choose a likely winner instead of their favorite, first-choice candidate. Votes get split between candidates with similar views; some candidates choose not to run to avoid “splitting the vote.”

Another good thing about this system of voting is that an election with this kind of system will produce the majority winner. Due to the ease of voting there will be an increased voter and candidate participation.
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How Does Ranked Voting Work?

Ranked choice voting allows you to rank candidates in your personal order of preference. If no candidate receives a majority of first-choice votes, the candidate with the fewest first-choice votes is eliminated. Those votes are then redistributed to the voters’ second choice, until a candidate has a majority of votes.

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Ranked choice voting (also known as instant runoff voting) is currently used in cities across the country, including Minneapolis, MN; Burlington, VT; Cary, NC; Oakland and San Francisco, CA; and Aspen, Colorado. It’s used by Arkansas, Louisiana, and South Carolina for overseas military voters.

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Ranked voting is endorsed by numerous organizations including the Larimer County League of Women Voters!

What is Ranked Voting?

Ranked voting a.k.a “Instant Run-Off Voting,” allows voters to rank up to three candidates, in order of preference, when marking their ballots. It is also called alternative vote (AV), transferable vote, (single-seat) ranked choice voting (RCV), or preferential voting. This voting system is commonly used to elect a single candidate from a field of more than two candidates.In this kind of voting system, voters rank outcomes in a hierarchy on the ordinal scale.

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This seems to be the most democratic way of voting, however, it is only employed by several jurisdictions in America. Only San Francisco, San Leandro, and Oakland in California; Portland, Maine; Minneapolis and Saint Paul in Minnesota is using this kind of voting system.

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