The Albuquerque City Council Finance Committee will be reviewing a proposed ranked-choice voting ordinance Monday. It should pass this bill.
RCV is the great equalizer. It can ensure that all candidates seeking city office connect with Albuquerque voters beyond their traditional bases in order to win, thus paving the way for representatives to be better at listening – and addressing – the needs of all constituents. RCV also ensures that the winning candidate has garnered support across the community and eliminates the possibility of being elected in spite of opposition from a large portion of voters.
Lastly, RCV eliminates the need for multiple-round elections. This benefits voters in two ways: one, the cost of political participation is reduced by only having to go to the polling station once per election and, two, incumbent representatives spend less time campaigning and fundraising and more time serving the people.
RCV allows voters to rank candidates by preference instead of choosing just one. It promotes candidates who are able to obtain broader support vs. through plurality elections – the current system – since the winning candidate typically has strong first-choice support and also receives a high number of second- and third-place votes. RCV also gives voters more choice, rather than limiting them to only supporting one candidate.
How are ranked-choice ballots counted? It’s simple: To win a ranked-choice election, a candidate must receive at least a majority of total votes counted. A majority is 50% of the total, plus one vote.