Using ranked choice voting (RCV), a voter selects their most preferred choices on the ballot. First, second, third, and so on. If no candidate gets enough votes to win, the candidate with the least votes is eliminated.
Those who voted for an eliminated candidate have their vote redistributed to their next choice in the following round.
This elimination and redistribution process repeats until a candidate receives enough votes to win.
An "open primary" is a primary election where the voter does not have to be formally declared with a political party in order to participate. In other words, any eligible voter can vote.
This is in contrast to a "party primary" where voters must formally declare a party affiliation beforehand. In other words, Republicans vote for Republicans and Democrats vote for Democrats.
A proportional representation system is one where multiple people are elected to represent a district.
This approach leads to an elected set of leaders that more accurately portray voters' desires.
It is also in stark contrast to the winner-take-all single-member districts currently in place.
WHY RANKED CHOICE VOTING?
Ranked choice voting changes the incentives for both voters and candidates. Voters are free to vote for their most preferred candidates without fear of a wasted vote. Candidates campaign to a broader coalition instead of solely activating their base.
Determines the candidate with the strongest support
Encourages civil campaigning
Reduces wasted votes
Eliminates the need for multiple elections
WHY OPEN PRIMARIES?
Open primaries change the incentives for how candidates govern once elected. Legislators can pass broadly popular bills (that are unpopular with their base) without fear of “being primaried.”
Increases candidate accountability to the voters
Encourages popular legislation
Broadens electorate beyond diehard partisans
WHY Ranked Choice Voting + OPEN PRIMARIES?
Combined, they form a “one-two punch” of electoral reform. Candidates build broader coalitions to get elected and are rewarded for generating results instead of conflict. Voters see those results come home and, ultimately, that their vote matters.
Voter cynicism fades
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