Ranked Choice Voting

The Problem with the U.S. Voting System

We don't have a "two-party system" so much as we have an electoral system that favors two right-of-center parties. And those two parties have done everything they can to maintain their power by harassing, marginalizing and eliminating any competition.

The electoral system used in most US elections (known as "first past the post") allows candidates to win without a majority of votes, as long as they get more votes than any other single candidate. Such a candidate can win despite being unpopular with the majority of voters, if the majority "split their votes" among multiple candidates. This flawed voting system creates pressure on voters to vote for the "lesser of two evils" instead of what they actually want, in order to avoid the "greater evil".

This system has led to a monopoly on power by two parties even though most Americans believe these parties don't represent them. Almost half of Americans don't vote, because neither establishment party inspires them. Many of those who do vote see the party they vote for as "the lesser evil". Both parties have used the "lesser evil" argument to keep voters in line, even while both have become increasingly corrupt and obedient to big money. 

Despite the fact that most Americans desperately want to change this broken political system, candidates who run outside the two-party system are routinely attacked by the political and media establishment as "spoilers".

Fortunately, the so-called "spoiler" problem has a simple solution that is gaining momentum across the country.

The Solution

That solution is called Ranked-Choice Voting (RCV), sometimes known as Instant-Runoff Voting (IRV).
Ranked-Choice Voting eliminates the perceived "spoiler" problem and ensures that the winner of an election has the support of a majority of voters. RCV is easy as 1, 2, 3.

How Ranked-Choice Voting Prevents "Spoilers"

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