Ranked Choice Voting | November 2nd
Encourages more candidates to run for office without fear of vote-splitting. In our current system, many candidates are pressured to drop out, shamed as “spoilers,” and excluded from public debates. A study of four Bay Area cities with Ranked Choice Voting found women and people of color are running and winning office more often than they are in cities without RCV. Particularly in multi-winner contests, Ranked Choice Voting truly represents all perspectives, each in proportion to its voter support.
Eliminates the “spoiler effect” to elect a candidate who appeals to a broad base of voters. In our current system, candidates can win election despite being the last choice of most voters. Ranked Choice Voting guarantees the election of majority winners, whose support extends beyond a narrow base. RCV significantly reduces hyper-polarization elements that are destroying effective democracy.
Encourages voters to choose their favorite, without settling for the “lesser of two evils.” In our current system, if your favorite candidate is unlikely to win, some urge you to cast a “safe” vote for one of the front-runners to avoid electing the one you like least. Others urge you to stick to your principles and vote for your favorite candidate. Voters shouldn’t be forced to take sides in this lose-lose dilemma. Ranked Choice Voting enables all voters to vote for candidates they support, not just against the ones they oppose.
RCV rewards candidates who reach beyond their base to find common ground with more voters. With RCV, candidates are motivated to run positive, issue-focused campaigns and to reach out to all voters, as they do best when they reach out positively to as many voters as possible, including those supporting their opponents.
By allowing voters to rank primary candidates in order of preference, Ranked Choice Voting helps consolidate rather than divide competing party factions. The incentive to positively campaign under RCV means fewer rifts between candidates after a hotly contested primary, and the requirement winners demonstrate a majority of support under RCV will give nominees the mandate they need to rally together.
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"RCV is boosting turnout and bringing more diverse representation to cities across the US. It’s time to bring it to Ann Arbor."
"I have supported RCV for a decade and sponsored RCV legislation. RCV will improve our democracy!"
1. Larcom City Hall, 301 E. Huron St. — Always open — Located inside the building, at the north entrance.
2. Larcom City Hall, on Ann Street — Located outside the building by the customer service drop box, on the north side of Ann Street, just east of Fifth Avenue.
3. Veterans Memorial Park Ice Arena and Pool, 2150 Jackson Ave. — Parking lot.
4. Ann Arbor Fire Station 5, 1946 Beal Ave. — Outside.
5. Cobblestone Farm, 2781 Packard Road — Outside.
6. Ann Arbor Fire Station 6, 1881 Briarwood Circle — Northwest side of building, Eisenhower entrance, outside.
List and map via Ann Arbor Ballot Drop Box Locations.