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  • Writer's pictureDonna Miller

What is Rank Choice Voting?

Ranked Choice Voting. Ranked Choice Voting, also known as instant-runoff voting, is a system in which voters rank candidates in order of preference on their ballots. But why do people support it, and why are some against it?

Supporters argue that Ranked Choice Voting promotes greater democracy by ensuring that winners have broader support from voters. It encourages candidates to reach out to a wider range of voters and promotes civility in campaigns since candidates may need second-choice votes from supporters of other candidates.

On the other hand, opponents argue that Ranked Choice Voting can be confusing for voters and may lead to spoiled ballots. Some also argue that it can disadvantage minority candidates or smaller parties by favoring candidates who are able to appeal to a broader base.

So, where do you stand on Ranked Choice Voting? It's essential to educate yourself on the pros and cons and make an informed decision.

Now, let's talk about the importance of having a voting plan. A voting plan is a crucial tool to ensure that you exercise your right to vote effectively. Here are five examples to help you create a voting plan:

Register to vote: Make sure you're registered well in advance of the election. You can do this online or by mail, depending on your state's regulations.

Educate yourself: Research the candidates and ballot measures that will be on your ballot. Knowing who and what you're voting for will help you make informed decisions.

Decide how you'll vote: Will you vote in person on Election Day, vote early, or vote by mail? Consider your schedule and any potential obstacles that might arise.

Make a plan to get to the polls: If you're voting in person, figure out how you'll get to your polling place and how long it will take you to get there. Make sure you have any necessary identification or documents.

Encourage others to vote: Spread the word about the importance of voting and encourage your friends, family, and community members to make their voices heard.

Creating a voting plan is a simple yet effective way to ensure that your voice is heard in the democratic process. And guess what? We've made it even easier for you to create a voting plan. Visit to download a free vote plan checklist. This checklist will guide you through the steps of creating your personalized voting plan, ensuring that nothing slips through the cracks.

Thank you reading the Vote Voiced Newsletter, and remember, your voice matters. Don't forget to visit for more resources and information on how you can make a difference in your community. Until next time, keep advocating for democracy, and keep raising your voice.

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