312 | R.W. Corns

Since 2016, citizens in Maine, Alaska, and Nevada have voted to switch their states’ elections to Ranked Choice Voting (RCV), which allows voters to rank candidates in order of preference instead of picking just one. If no candidate wins a majority of first-place votes, the least popular candidate is eliminated, and votes transfer to the next choice until one wins more than 50%, just like an instant runoff. This enables more parties and candidates to run—and more citizens to vote their conscience—without fear of vote-splitting or spoilers. Among other benefits, RCV can reduce polarization and extremism by incentivizing politicians to find common ground to win majority support. Could Ohio be next?

Presenters will be Kyle Herman, OWU 2011, Executive Director for Rank the Vote Ohio, and Monica Burke, National Organizing Director.

The discussion is sponsored by the OWU Department of Politics and Government.