We’re working to bring ranked choice voting to Utah to make our democracy more fair and functional. This form of voting promotes positive, inclusive and fair elections. With ranked choice, voters can rank as many candidates as they want in order of choice. Candidates do best when they attract a strong core of first-choice support while also reaching out for second and even third choices.
How the votes are counted depends on whether ranked choice voting is used to elect a single office, like a mayor or governor, or if it is used to elect more than one position at once, like for a city council or state legislature.
When used as an instant runoff to elect a single candidate like a mayor or a governor, ranked choice helps elect a candidate that better reflects the support of a majority of voters. When used as a form of fair representation voting to elect more than one candidate like a city council, state legislature or even Congress, ranked choice helps to more fairly represent the full spectrum of voters.
We believe that ranked choice voting would give Utahns more choice at the ballot box and make our elections more civil and representative.