Hmmm… while I’m not necessarily opposed to RCV, it does seem to be overthinking a pretty simple thing.
But New York City could become the biggest city in the country to change this age-old system altogether. Starting 26 October, voters have the option of switching to ranked-choice voting (RCV). In this scenario, even if someone’s top-choice candidate fails to get enough votes, their vote can still count.
Advocates of RCV see it as an effective way to ensure a winning candidate has received a true majority of the electorate’s support. They argue that it may encourage candidates to run on platforms that appeal to a broader range of people, without any worry of splitting the vote. In an era when Donald Trump failed to win a majority of voters, this could change the way American politicians think of their campaigns.
Under RCV, voters can rank candidates, from one to four if there are four candidates, for example. If no candidate is the top choice of a majority of voters, an “instant runoff” takes place. The candidate with the fewest No 1 votes is eliminated, and their supporters’ votes will automatically go to whoever was listed as their second choice. The process continues until one candidate has a majority of the votes. Voters can opt out of ranking and vote for just one candidate.