This April, city voters will have a choice to either adopt a ranked voting system for city council and mayoral elections or just keep the current flawed system.
Many local voters may not realize you donâ€™t need to win a majority to be elected in Fort Collins â€“â€“ you only need more votes than anyone else. In almost one-fourth of city elections since 1997, the winner had earned less than 50 percent of the vote. In one six-way split, we elected a mayor with less than 30 percent of the vote. Shouldnâ€™t the winner represent the majority, not the strongest faction?
Ranked voting lets you rank candidates in your preference order. If no one gets a majority, the last-place candidate is eliminated, and votes for that candidate instead go to whomever their voters ranked next on their ballots. The process continues until a majority winner emerges. Itâ€™s like having a runoff election, only instantly and at low cost.Â
Ranked voting produces a more representative outcome, lets you vote for who you really want, increases access for underrepresented groups, eliminates the â€œspoiler effectâ€ and promotes more positive campaigning.Â It helps â€œWe The Peopleâ€ â€“â€“ right, center and left â€“â€“ and weakens only political insiders.
Support Ranked Voting on April 5.