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 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.


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!


Listen to Radiolab's podcast as they describe how RCV worked in a 2018 Dublin City Council election.


The Ranked Choice Voting Resource Center has an inventory of RCV Resource Center podcasts 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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Rank It: Test out RCV

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


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

Try out RCV: Rank your favorite things

You can vote in a ranked choice election now using a free app called Rankit. You can create your own poll on the website or you can participate in any or all of the following polls. You can view the results to date after casting your ballot, and see how the instant runoff process works to arrive at a majority winner.

  1. What is your favorite candy?
  2. What is your favorite cookie?
  3. What is your favorite pie?

You can also create your own polls with Rankit and share with friends and family!


But seriously, tell us what you think is the most important benefits of Ranked Choice Voting.



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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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