Studies of voters in Ranked Choice Voting cities demonstrate that voters report more positive campaigning and more satisfaction with their elections when compared to voters in cities that still use traditional plurality voting. Election candidates and outcomes are more diverse, turnout increases, and voters understand and support the process.
The use of Ranked Choice Voting is correlated with more women running for and winning elected office. A 2020 study shows that, as of April 2020, nearly half of all mayors (46%) and 49% of all city council seats decided by RCV are held by women. A comparison to a group of control cities (U.S. cities with populations over 30,000) found that women make up just 23% of mayors in non-RCV jurisdictions.