RANKED CHOICE VOTING
This is a preview of District 5's ballot.
Ballots will arrive in mailboxes in the week of October 11th
What is ranked-choice voting?
Ranked-choice voting, also known as instant-runoff voting, is an alternative way of electing leaders that is being piloted around the state. This past spring, the Salt Lake City Council decided to pilot this reform in the upcoming municipal elections.
Here’s how ranked-choice voting works: Voters rank the candidates in the order they prefer. If a candidate has a majority of first-place votes (at least 50%), they win the election as usual. If no candidate has a majority, the candidate with the least first-place votes is eliminated, and those ballots go to the voters’ second choices. This process continues until a candidate has a majority.
What are the benefits?
By requiring a winning candidate to earn support from a majority of the electorate, ranked-choice voting incentivizes positive campaigning and collaboration. Pandering to a small base is a losing strategy, as is disparaging an opponent and alienating their supporters.
Ranked-choice voting also gives voters more freedom to express their preferences and assures that votes for an underdog candidate are not wasted.
How are the votes tallied?
Ranked-choice voting is simple! All you need to do is rank candidates on your ballot using the corresponding bubbles. You do not need to rank all candidates, though you should know that ranking second, third, and fourth candidates does not hurt your first choice’s chances at all!