A Kind, Empathetic and Collaborative Way to Vote

Ranked Choice Voting presents a unique and compelling way to inject kindness, empathy and collaboration into American Politics.  Everything about this method of voting encourages the candidates and the voters to find points of agreement.  The systemic negativity, cynicism and polarization can be effectively removed from American Politics by reframing our voting around the question: "What do we have in Common?"

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  • published What is RCV? 2020-10-31 13:16:06 -0400

    About Ranked Choice Voting

    The Problem

    Our political system today is tearing us apart and preventing us from working together to find solutions to major challenges. The system lets big money and corrupt special interests have too much control over our democracy. It allows politicians to win with less than a majority of support and shuts out independent voices. And it is a system that limits our choice by forcing voters to choose between the “lesser of two evils.”

    What is Ranked Choice Voting?

    Ranked Choice Voting is a simple, fair, and easy way to help fix these problems by giving you more voice.

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    With Ranked Choice Voting, you can choose one candidate, like you always have, or rank the candidates for office in the order you prefer them, as many or as few as you like. If your favorite candidate can’t win, your vote counts instantly for your second choice, so candidates must compete for every vote.

    This simple change will ensure that the winner has the support of the broadest majority of voters. It gives voters more choice by letting them pick the candidate with the best ideas, not the biggest bank account. And it opens up the process to diverse voices by giving all candidates a chance to compete and win.

    Ranked Choice Voting will empower voters at this critical time in our democracy.

    Key Benefits of Ranked Choice Voting in Ohio

    + Ensures Majority Support

    by eliminating the “spoiler effect” to elect a candidate who appeals to a broad base of voters. In our current “plurality” system, candidates can win election despite being the last choice of most voters. Ranked Choice Voting guarantees the election of majority winners, whose support extends beyond a narrow base, by requiring the winner to have more than 50% of the vote. This is done in a series of “instant runoffs” until one candidate reaches a majority. For more detail, see How Does RCV Work?

    + Expands Voter Choice

    by allowing you to vote for who you really want, without settling for the “lesser of two evils.” In our current system, if your favorite candidate is unlikely to win, you have two bad choices: (1) cast a “safe” vote for one of the front-runners, to avoid electing the one you like least, or (2) cast a principled but risky vote for your favorite candidate. You shouldn’t be forced to take sides in this lose-lose dilemma. Ranked Choice Voting lets you vote for candidates you truly support, not just against the ones you oppose.

    + Promotes Diverse Candidates

    by encouraging more candidates to run for office without fear of vote-splitting. In our current system, many candidates are pressured to drop out, shamed as “spoilers,” and excluded from public debates. Ranked Choice Voting welcomes all candidates into the race — and you can’t win if you don’t run. For example, a study of cities with Ranked Choice Voting (summaryfull report) found women and people of color are running and winning office more often than they are in cities without RCV.

    + Curbs Negative Campaigning

    by rewarding candidates who reach beyond their base to find common ground with more voters. Voters are tired of toxic campaign rhetoric and mud-slinging. With Ranked Choice Voting, candidates do best when they reach out positively to as many voters as possible, including those supporting their opponents. While candidates must still differentiate themselves to earn 1st-choice support, a campaign that emphasizes negative attacks over positive ideas may lose crucial 2nd and 3rd choice support. Comprehensive polling that compared cities with RCV to those without found that voters in RCV cities experienced campaign messages that were more positive and constructive.

    + Strengthens Party Unity

    by tempering intra-party tensions during contested primaries and choosing nominees with a mandate from party voters. By allowing voters to rank primary candidates in order of preference, Ranked Choice Voting helps consolidate rather than divide competing party factions. The incentive to positively campaign under RCV means fewer rifts between party members after a hotly contested primary, and the requirement that winners demonstrate a majority of support under RCV will give nominees the mandate they need to rally party members behind them. RCV helps every party put their best foot forward heading into the general election.

    How does Ranked Choice Voting work?

    Ranked Choice Voting allows voters the option to rank candidates on the ballot in order of preference: first, second, third, and so on. You can vote for just one candidate like you always have, or you can rank additional choices — as many or few as you decide to rank.

    Sample Ranked Choice Voting ballot showing how Ranked Choice Voting works

    If your favorite candidate doesn’t win, your vote is instantly counted for your second choice, so candidates must compete for every vote. If one candidate receives a majority (more than 50%) of the first-choice votes, that candidate is elected. If not, the candidate with the fewest votes is dropped, and those votes count instantly towards the next choice on each voter’s ballot. This process repeats in rounds (a runoff) until one candidate has a majority. For more detail, see “How Does RCV Work?” and watch some short Video Explainers to see RCV in action!

    Where is Ranked Choice Voting used?

    After many cities around the US had begun using RCV for their local elections, Maine became the first state in the nation to use RCV for state and federal contests in 2018. New York City followed by enacting RCV in 2019, and two Massachusetts cities will begin using it next year. Ranked Choice Voting is used in some form in 26 states. See the “Where RCV is Used” page for more.

  • published Host a Zoom Party! 2020-10-14 21:31:13 -0400

    Host a Zoom Party!

    Are you interested in Hosting a Zoom Party for Rank the Vote Ohio?
    A short and simple Zoom party can be a lot of fun for you and incredibly educational for your friends. It can also help Rank the Vote Ohio reach even more people. We can work together to plan a theme that fits you and your friends!

    Halloween: Vampires, Zombies, Werewolves, or Ghosts?
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    Zoom parties will last for approximately one hour. Your group can stay on the call past the hour, though, to continue the party amongst yourselves if you choose! 

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  • published Privacy Policy 2020-09-21 20:12:52 -0400

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  • wants to volunteer 2020-09-14 19:45:08 -0400

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    We are a grassroots organization. Volunteers are the basis of everything we do.  As we continue to build the foundation and grow this movement there is a place for everyone. We are currently looking to fill positions that range from Team Lead to small tasks. Whatever your time commitment or skills, as long as you have a desire to change the way we vote in Ohio, then we will find a place for you. 

    We ask that you first tell us what might interest you most.  Take a look at the list below and click the activities you would most be interested in and whether you are interested in a leadership position.  Then fill in the rest of the information and click the save button at the bottom.  One of our Team Leads or someone from the Volunteer Mobilization Team will connect with you to get you started.  Pay attention to your email as we'll be sending information to help you get started.  

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