Costs of Runoff Elections

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 2022, taxpayers would have saved $7.4 million or 34% of the total cost of those primary elections.

       Ranked Choice Voting could save Texas $7.4M






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.


Fair Vote: For a More Perfect Union


FairVote is a nonpartisan champion of electoral reforms that give voters greater choice, a stronger voice, and a representative democracy that works for all Americans.

Explore Fair Vote for nationwide updates

Since 1992, FairVote has worked to win electoral reforms at the local, state, and national level through strategic research, communications and collaboration. Today they are the driving force behind advancing ranked choice voting and fair representation in multi-winner legislative districts that will open up our elections to better choices, fairer representation and more civil campaigns.



Like podcasts? Listen to these!


The Case for Rank Choice Voting with Nick Troiano

What is rank choice voting? How has Alaska fared with its move to rank choice this election cycle? Could the extremism we've seen take hold over both parties end if more states adopted rank choice? We also discuss voting by mail, term limits, campaign finance reform, and allowing candidates to make their pitch in 50 words or less on the ballot itself. 

PODCAST: Hold These Truths with Dan Crenshaw podcast


Different Perspectives on Ranked Choice Voting with Harriet Wasserstrum and James Quintero

This is a discussion on Alternative Voting Methods, including Ranked Choice Voting, with Harriet Wasserstrum and James Quintero.

Harriet is the Chair of Ranked Choice Voting for Texas and James is the Director of the Center for Local Governance at the Texas Public Policy Foundation, one of America's premier conservative think tanks and author of “The Case Against Ranked-Choice Voting”.

PODCAST (via YouTube): Think with Lucie


Ranked Choice Voting with Don Krause & Toni Wing-Jenkins

A very interesting discussion with Don Krause of Ranked Choice Voting of Texas and Toni Wing-Jenkins of the Forward Party of Texas. Check out what they have to say about the current state of voting, not just in Texas, but nationwide.

PODCAST (via Facebook): Mr. Allard's Neighborhood



Tweak The Vote

In the United States and abroad, citizens of democracies are feeling increasingly alienated, disaffected, and powerless. How do we fix it?   Listen to this podcast as they describe how RCV worked in a 2018 Dublin City Council election.

PODCAST: Radio Lab



RCV Clips

The Ranked Choice Voting Resource Center has an inventory of RCV Clips that cover various topics primarily targeting election administrators, such as how the State of Maine educated voters for their first-ever ranked choice voting elections in 2018 and the importance of risk-limiting audits of RCV.




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Printable Flyer


Want an easy way to share RCV with family and friends, or leave on bulletin boards in your community?

Print this flyer and pass it out

Download and share a brief description of what RCV is, its benefits, and how you can help bring RCV to Texas.












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RCV123: Test Out RCV

Want to try out and test Ranked Choice Voting for fun? Ask your friends to rank their favorite hamburger or any another topic you choose.




RCV123 is a tool anyone can use to conduct an election using RCV.

Try Out RCV: Rank your favorite things

With RCV123's free, online ranked-choice voting tool, you can create your own poll or you can participate in their demos.  The results to date can be viewed after casting your ballot.

See how the instant runoff process works to arrive at a majority winner!


Rank Your Favorite Ice Cream Flavor!

Express your preferences using an RCV123 demo!



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Ranked Choice Voting Resource Center


The Ranked Choice Voting Resource Center provides a compilation of best practices and first-hand experiences from jurisdictions that have used this method of voting.

Their website provides a particularly good resource for election administrators, policy makers, and candidates but is also helpful for voters.


State-based Coalition Partner Groups


Ranked Choice Voting for Texas exists to advocate for the adoption of RCV by Texas. In the long term, we hope to be able to use it for local, state and federal elections. There are other RCV organizations in most states throughout the United States. Find your state by checking out the State-based coalition partner groups.

Can't find your location? Contact FairVote and let them know of your interest.



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Write a Letter to the Editor


Writing a letter to the editor of your local newspaper or other media is a great way to help spread the word about Ranked Choice Voting.

Here's how to write a letter to the editor

Use this guide by FairVote to help you write a Letter to the Editor to your local newspaper or community paper.





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News Articles


Check out these news articles about the impact that RCV could have in Texas communities: