FairVote Partners with Civinomics to Launch Ranked Choice Voting Functionality

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Early on at Civinomics, we learned that the choices you give someone for answering a question are as important as the question itself. The folks at FairVote certainly agree. FairVote is a non-partisan, non-profit dedicated to improving American elections by promoting fair, democratic election systems that empower voters. Their research has shown that ranked choice voting, in which voters rank candidates in order of preference as opposed to choosing just one, leads to more civil campaigns, a more diverse candidate pool and a winner that more people can agree on.

A number of cities in the Bay Area, including Oakland already use ranked choice voting to elect city council members.

When FairVote approached us about adding ranked choice voting functionality to Civinomics, we jumped at the chance. Afterall, we want users to have all the voting tools possible to determine the best outcome for their group, community or government. Ranked choice voting has demonstrated itself a very useful tool indeed. This is why soon, anyone will be able to set up ranked choice voting polls or ballots on Civinomics.

Today we’re releasing a first ranked choice poll that allows you to vote on the 2016 presidential candidates. With National Polls showing Donald Trump leading the GOP pack, it’s apparent that single-choice polling favors candidates that garner the most media attention. Luckily, our ranked choice poll takes into account respondents’ 2nd, 3rd, 4th, and so on choices to reveal the ideological middle. You can vote in the GOP candidates ranked choice poll here: civinomics.com/gop2016

In the Democratic field, current polling data has limited information on voter preferences. This is a perfect opportunity to use our RCV tool to determine which candidates have the strongest base of support among voters. There’s only one way to find out, vote on the Democratic candidates here: civinomics.com/dems2016


In this hypothetical example, when Carly Fiorina is dropped, her votes go to Rand Paul. This means that all of her supporters listed Rand as their second choice. Trumps supporters are split between Bush and Rand as their second choice. Rubio’s supporters favor Graham second by about 60% with the rest going to Rand.

The poll results page demonstrate the mechanics of ranked choice voting step by step. Voters rank as many candidates as they want in order of preference. After adding up all the first choices, the candidate with the fewest votes is eliminated. Voters whose first choice candidate is eliminated have their vote added to the total for their second choice. This process continues until a candidate receives a majority of the active votes.

Ranked choice voting creates a lot more data than single-choice voting, data that we hope will lead to insights for all of our users to the presidential elections and beyond.


1 Comment

  1. […] — Christina Bowen (@csageland) September 15, 2015 And then, wouldn’t it be cool of polls asked you to rank your choices? Like this. […]

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