Cities and states across the country have adopted ranked choice voting. Here are just a few examples.
States That Use Ranked Choice Voting
- Alabama, Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, and South Carolina all use ranked choice ballots for their military and overseas voters so that citizens abroad don't have to mail in multiple absentee ballots during runoff elections.
- In 2016, Maine became the first state to adopt ranked choice voting for its U.S. House and Senate seats, Governor, and state legislature.
- More ranked choice states are sure to come. In 2017, at least 19 states, including Virginia, had ranked choice voting bills submitted to their state legislatures.
Cities That Use Ranked Choice Voting
- Minneapolis and St. Paul, MN elect their mayors and city councillors via ranked choice voting.
- Four California cities -- Oakland, San Francisco, Berkeley, and San Leandro -- use ranked choice voting for all city offices.
- Other ranked choice cities include Telluride, CO; Cambridge, MA; Tacoma Park, MD; and Portland, ME.
- Voters in Memphis, TN and Santa Fe, NM have adopted ranked choice voting and are awaiting their first ranked choice elections.
Other Ranked Choice Voting Jurisdictions
- Iowa, Texas, Utah, and Virginia all permit parties to use ranked choice voting in their local nominating contests.
- Colleges around the country use ranked choice voting to elect their campus student councils. The University of Virginia has used ranked choice ballots since 2003.
- Outside the U.S., ranked choice voting is used nationwide in Australia, Ireland, New Zealand, Malta, Northern Ireland, and Scotland.