PA Democrats Propose Ranked-Choice Voting For Municipal Elections

  • Three Pennsylvania House Democrats this week proposed allowing localities to adopt ranked-choice voting (RCV) in municipal elections.
  • Under such a system, voters would rank their options rather than choose just one in an election with more than two candidates for one office. 
  • If one hopeful receives over 50 percent of the vote, he or she wins. If none meet that threshold, vote counters conduct an instant runoff wherein the lowest first-choice vote-getter is eliminated, and voters who selected that person have their second-choice votes added to the top-vote tally. This process repeats until one candidate receives over half of the vote. 
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