How Does RCV Work

Voters rank candidates in order of preference – first choice, second choice, and so on.

If a candidate gets more than half of the first-choice votes, they win just as in any other election.

If no candidate gets a majority of the first-choice votes, the candidate with the fewest is eliminated and voters who picked that candidate as their first choice will have their votes count towards their second choice.

This process is repeated until a candidate accumulates more than half of the votes, thus serving as an instant runoff while eliminating the additional costs and time associated with runoff elections.

 

‘How does ranked-choice voting work?’ by Minnesota Public Radio News