Do runoffs really cost taxpayers extra money? Yes, actually quite a bit.
Runoff elections waste taxpayer money. The fiscally conservative option would be to consolidate this extra step and save money. Here are two examples.
1. If Texas had used RCV for primary elections in 2020, taxpayers would have saved $6.4 million or 28% of the total cost of those primary elections.
2. If Texas had used RCV for the special election in Texas's 6th Congressional District in 2021, taxpayers would have saved $272,000 or 62% of the total cost of the special election.
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