We all believe in “majority rule”. But that is not how our current system works when there are more than two candidates. Ranked Choice Voting (also known as Instant Run-Off Voting) allows voters to rank candidates in order of preference and ensure that the winner is the candidate with a majority of voter support.
RCV achieves the same result as run-off elections and saves money and time, gives independent and third-party candidates a greater chance to win, allows voters to support their top choice without fear of ‘wasting’ their vote, eliminates the risk that a vote for the candidate a voter most wants will help elect a candidate the voter does not like, and forces all candidates to try to appeal to voters beyond a narrow partisan base. Learn more about Instant Run-Off or Ranked Choice Voting (RCV) and how it works, from our friends at FairVote, here.
Here is a document that includes proposed legislation to implement Ranked Choice Voting in Elections in Connecticut.
Here is a document that includes a proposed amendment to the Connecticut Constitution relating to the general assembly’s power to require a majority vote standard and the use of Ranked Choice Voting in elections for the general assembly and six constitutional offices.