State Parties Turn to Ranked Choice Voting Systems to Make Convention Elections More Representative

Every four years, the Democratic and Republican parties’ national conventions draw an enormous amount of public attention as the parties select their presidential candidates and set their direction for the next four years. However, much less attention is paid to the smaller state and local conventions that are also held in the leadup to the national convention. Each of these conventions has its own rules, including the rules governing how the nominees to be selected at the convention will be chosen, and how the various party officials will be elected.  For the most part, these contests are decided by plurality voting methods such as first-past-the-post in single-winner elections and plurality block voting when electing multiple people. These systems are not particularly representative or fair, and sometimes produce results that make nobody happy. Some state parties, having recognized these shortcomings, are choosing to use various forms of ranked choice voting – sometimes described as preferential voting or instant runoff voting – instead. Read More  Originally posted on BY HARRY LEESER ON AUGUST 01, 2016