Virginia's first ranked-choice voting election was conducted today in Arlington, Virginia to fill two open seats on the Arlington County Board. Even before Election Day, problems with the system were beginning to appear. The Washington Post explained that there was confusion over who was responsible for educating the public about the new way of voting, and the public straight up didn't understand how ranked-choice voting works:
Much of the frustration has focused on the wonky, hard-to-follow way that votes are counted: Because ranked-choice voting is being used to pick not one but two nominees, critics say the tabulation methods are unfamiliar, confusing or even undemocratic. . .Read more
Proposals to adopt ranked-choice voting (RCV) in states and localities across the country could lead to a full blown catastrophe for America’s elections. Look no further than major problems caused by RCV in Alaska and Oakland, California during the 2022 election cycle to get an idea of what widespread RCV could mean for the rest of the country.
Ranked-choice voting is a poorly designed mess. pic.twitter.com/hQtPriUEXk— Stop RCV (@Stop_RCV) January 22, 2023
A ranked-choice voting (RCV) disaster occurred in Oakland, California's recent election after the wrong winner was likely declared in a school board race. Even worse, the mistake wasn't admitted until the end of last month. The Mercury News reported:
Here’s what went wrong in Oakland: The software provided by well-known elections firm Dominion Voting Systems allows cities and counties to activate a “suspended votes” feature that does not immediately count votes where the first-choice column is left blank but subsequent columns are filled.Read more
Last month, Democrat Mary Peltola won a special election to fill the remainder of the late Alaska Congressman Don Young's term. But as Senator Tom Cotton pointed out, this was no ordinary election. Peltola reigned victorious, despite Republican candidates winning 60% of the vote, due to the use of ranked-choice voting (RCV).
60% of Alaska voters voted for a Republican, but thanks to a convoluted process and ballot exhaustion—which disenfranchises voters—a Democrat "won."— Tom Cotton (@TomCottonAR) September 1, 2022
New York City's mayoral primary election held last Tuesday shows us yet again just how bad Democrat cities are at running elections. The Associated Press reported that New York City's election was marred by errors after the Board of Elections was entirely "unprepared to implement" its new ranked-choice voting system.
BREAKING: Election officials in New York City have retracted their latest vote totals for the Democratic primary for mayor. They say 135,000 test ballots were inadvertently included in the count. https://t.co/mUvVW8k6VR— The Associated Press (@AP) June 30, 2021
Maine’s “Ranked-Choice Voting” Election Process Selects First Congressman, a Democrat, in a Dramatic Reversal
More than a week later, the full extent of the 2018 Midterm Elections is still finalizing with several important pending races across the nation. Perhaps one of the most interesting is that of Maine’s second congressional district, which is utilizing “ranked-choice voting” to elect its congressional representative—a first in the nation.
Today, in a dramatic reversal, this Maine race suddenly ended with the Democratic challenger named as the winner, despite trailing the Republican in the first round of vote counting. In just a matter of seconds, a computer algorithm reallocated voters' choices after eliminating lowest performing candidates.