Voters in a vast number of areas cast their votes this month by ranking candidates rather than choosing just one.
Ranked choice voting is gaining momentum in the U. S. This year, over 30 cities used this new voting method.
Most ranked choice elections went without a snag, however, there were some small issues in its roll out this year, including an error uploading the vote tallies in one city.
And some local officials said state laws need to be changed to make the ranked choice tallying procedure run more smoothly.
In elections where voters rank candidates by preference, if no candidate earns more than half of the number one spot after the initial count, an instant runoffoccurs. The candidate with the fewest numbner one votes is eliminated. The process continues and repeats until a single candidate recieves at least half of the first place votes. Counting all the votes takes a few hours depending on the system that is installed.
Critics of this voting method say it is too complicated and will leave voters perplexed. Supporters argue that it will encourage more positive campaigning since candidates will aim for a broader appeal.
Is ranked choice voting the futre, or will a winner takes all approach continue to reign supreme. Only time will tell.