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.