Why use IRV?

Instant runoff voting (IRV) or ranked choice voting (RCV) allows voters to vote their hopes instead of their fears by ranking candidates in order of preference without worrying about spoiler dynamics or wasted votes. It also can avoid the expense of runoff elections and the distorting effects of low-turnout primaries. Read on for more information:

Four Ways to Adopt Instant Runoff Voting

Replace Plurality Elections
Replace Runoff Elections
Replace Primary Elections
Ballots for Military and Overseas Voters

Instant Runoff Voting Helps Minimize the Spoiler Effect

Instant runoff voting helps minimize the spoiler effect by allowing voters to select a candidate they truly prefer without worrying that they are "wasting" their vote on a longshot candidate. The following brief video explains this benefit:

Who Has Backed IRV?

  • President Barack Obama (D) as a state senator [Legislation]
  • U.S. Sen. John McCain (R - AZ) [Audio]
  • U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders (VT)
  • Former Gov. Howard Dean (D- VT) [Video]
  • Former U.S. Rep. John Porter (R- IL) [Statement]
  • League of Women Voters in the following states: Arizona, California, Florida,, Massachusetts, Maine, Minnesota, North Carolina, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Vermont and Washington.

And many others... You can find an extended list of endorsers here.