It's called ranked choice voting, and it's a small change that makes a big difference for democracy. With ranked choice ballots, we don't just vote for one candidate. We each get to rank the options in the order we prefer: 1st choice, 2nd choice, 3rd choice, and so on.
Easy as 1-2-3.
Cities and states across the country are adopting ranked choice voting -- also known as "instant runoff" -- because it lets voters show how they really feel about the options. No more worries about "wasting" your vote on an unpopular pick. This simple change to how we vote can help reduce gridlock, promote clean campaigning, and encourage higher turnout because every ballot really counts.
Virginia has ranked choice voting legislation coming to Richmond in 2019, and we at FairVote Virginia are working hard to see it through. We're a local chapter of the national FairVote movement, a non-partisan, non-profit champion of ranked choice voting. We're Republicans, Democrats, Libertarians, Greens, Whigs, and independents from across the Commonwealth, united by a shared mission to revive real, representative democracy.
To learn more about ranked choice voting, check out our links below, and join us in bringing better elections to a ballot box near you.