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The Ballot Initiative gives Idaho's voters the opportunity to make their elected leaders accountable and representative.

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WHAT WOULD The Ballot Initiative DO?

More voice. More choice.

Passing the Ballot Initiative means Idaho will use top-four open primaries and ranked-choice general elections for county, state, and federal elections starting in 2025.
TOP-FOUR OPEN PRIMARY ELECTIONS

Open primaries give all voters a voice

The current primary system emphasizes partisans who push to the extremes. By allowing all Idaho voters to participate and all candidates to appear on the ballot, voters will get something different than the typical Left vs. Right divide.

All registered voters can participate

All candidates and all parties are on the same primary ballot

Top four vote getters move on to the general election

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RANKED-CHOICE VOTING (RCV) GENERAL ELECTIONS

RCV general elections give voters more choice

Voters will get to choose from up to four candidates in the general election. That's the definition of more choice. And, thanks to ranked-choice voting, there's no need to worry about "wasted votes" when voting for less popular candidates you agree with.

Rank your most preferred candidates

If your top ranked candidate can't win, then your vote moves to your next ranked choice

The winner is more likely to have broad support amongst voters

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BETTER GOVERNING RESULTS

Elected officials have more incentive to govern

Office holders often can't pass meaningful legislation unless they work with "the other side." But, working with "the other side" guarantees a primary challenge. The result: gridlock. Top-Four Primaries and RCV General Elections change the incentives to encourage action.

Getting stuff done is more relevant than being controversial

Getting "primaried" is no longer a threat

Winning elections means appealing to a majority of voters, not just a narrow base

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"It has very much changed how governing is occurring in the State Senate. We're getting a lot done."

CAthy Giessel (R)
Alaska State Senate Majority Leader
SPEAKING ON THIS REFORM'S IMPACT IN ALASKA

"If your organization has any interest in RCV education, be sure to include RankedVote in your toolkit."

AHMED BUTT
CIVIC ENGAGEMENT COORDINATOR, ASIAN AMERICAN FEDERATION

Try IT OUT FOR YOURSELF

How Ranked Choice Voting Works

1

Voters rank ballots

Each voter selects their most preferred choices on the ballot. First, second, third, and so on.

In the first round, the top ranked choices are counted to determine if a candidate received enough votes to win.

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Lowest vote getters are eliminated

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.

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Repeat until a winner is found

In the next round, the redistributed votes are added to the remaining candidates' totals.

The elimination and redistribution process repeats automatically until a candidate receives enough votes to win.

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