It happens every four years: advocacy for IRV/RCV in presidential primaries. However, very little has come of it yet.
The Iowa caucuses kick off the 2024 Republican presidential primary today, and Donald Trump is projected to clean up among a dwindling field of challengers—the first step toward a rematch against Joe Biden in the general election.
The dynamics of this race—which in some ways echo the dynamics of the crowded 2016 Republican primary—have led some to wonder whether Republicans should follow the lead of Democrats in states like Kansas and employ a ranked-choice voting system to select their nominee.
Ranked-choice voting (RCV) is a powerful tool. It empowers voters to offer nuanced opinions, encourages candidates to expand their coalitions beyond their bases and, when used to conduct an instant runoff, ensures winners have broad support. Applied properly, RCV offers promise as a reform to our more common “plurality” elections.
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