+ What is ranked choice voting?
Ranked choice voting or “instant run-off voting,” allows voters to rank candidates in order of preference, when marking their ballots. Ranked choice voting eliminates the need for run-off elections, and is being piloted in Payson and Vineyard 2019 Municipal Elections.
+ Does my vote still count if I vote for the same candidate three times?
Yes. Your vote will count only once for that candidate.
+ Does my vote still count if I only select one choice?
Yes. Your vote will count for your one choice.
+ How are ranked choice votes counted?
With ranked choice voting, if a candidate receives a majority (50%+1) of the first-choice votes cast for that office, that candidate will be elected. However, if no candidate receives a majority of the first-choice votes cast, an elimination process begins. The candidate who received the fewest first-choice votes is eliminated. Next, each vote cast for that candidate will be transferred to the voter's next-ranked choice among the remaining candidates. This elimination process will continue until one candidate receives a majority and is deemed the winner.
+ How do I mark the ranked choice voting ballot?
The ranked choice ballot is designed in a side-by-side column format and lists the names of all of the candidates. This format allows a voter to select a first-choice candidate in the first column, a second-choice candidate in the second column, and a third-choice candidate in the third column. Continue ranking your candidate choices.
+ If I really want my first-choice candidate to win, should I rank the candidate as my first, second and third choice?
No. Ranking a candidate more than once does not benefit the candidate. If a voter ranks one candidate as the voter's first, second and third choice, it is the same as if the voter leaves the second or third choice blank. In other words, if the candidate is eliminated that candidate is no longer eligible to receive second or third choice votes.
+ Can I give candidates the same ranking?
No. If a voter gives more than one candidate the same ranking, the vote cannot be counted. Only one candidate can represent the voter's first, second, or third choice.
+ Will the voting equipment tell me if I’ve made an error specific to RCV?
• When you complete a ballot at a voting center, the equipment will notify you if you vote for more than one candidate in any column.
• It will not detect votes for the same candidate in multiple columns.
+ Is anyone else using ranked choice voting?
Yes, in fact many communities across the country are either using or piloting Ranked Choice Voting systems. Currently, Ranked Choice Voting is being used in Maine for federal and statewide elections (and municipal elections in the city of Portland); in Minnesota for elections in Minneapolis and St. Paul; in California for elections in Oakland, San Francisco, San Leandro, and Berkely; in New Mexico for elections in Santa Fe and Las Cruces; in Colorado for elections in Telluride; and various other states have adopted it and are in the implementation process.
+ What if I have further questions?
If you have further questions about ranked choice voting, please call the Vineyard City Recorder at 385-236-3865 or the Utah County Elections Office at 801-851-8128.