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Trade Paper / 56 pages
ISBN: 9781641773690
AVAILABLE: 11/7/2023

The Case Against Ranked-Choice Voting

Trust in American institutions is at historic lows. The answer from the Progressive Left? Make voting and counting ballots even more complicated

Ranked-choice voting is their latest fad to remake elections. It makes voting harder: longer lines, more mistakes, and lower turnout. And it makes election administration so complicated that, in 2022, one California county certified the wrong winner in a school board race.

In this Broadside, two election experts explain what ranked-choice voting is, who is behind it, and why it threatens the integrity of our elections.


About the Authors

TRENT ENGLAND serves as Executive Vice President at the Oklahoma Council of Public Affairs, where he also directs the Save Our States project and is the David and Ann Brown Distinguished Fellow.

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JASON SNEAD is the Executive Director of the Honest Elections Project.

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It was Friday, and the day before Christmas Eve. It was also forty-five days after the 2022 midterm election. At the Alameda County Superior Courthouse in Oakland, California, the Registrar of Voters staff had weeks ago certified the election results

Yet at some point that day, the office received startling news. According to an outside analysis, they had made a serious mistake. Actually, they had made a series of mistakes, throwing off the final vote totals in a myriad of races. And in one fiercely contested school board election, the Registrar had certified the wrong winner

All this happened because of a novel election process known as ranked-choice voting, or RCV (sometimes called instant runoff voting or, in Canada, alternative voting). Used statewide in Alaska and Maine, and in some local elections in states like California, Utah, and Vermont, RCV is backed by a powerful national lobbying effort. It is part of an agenda that makes elections more complex and chaotic, and consequently less transparent and trustworthy.


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