PA Democrats Propose Ranked-Choice Voting For Municipal Elections

Election worker Ramona Ortiz places a sign outside a polling station at Fire Station 3 on E. Rio Grande Ave in El Paso, Texas, just before polls open on Nov. 8, 2022. Next year is shaping up to be another busy for state legislatures seeking to change voting laws. (AP Photo/LM Otero, File)
  • 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.