Welcome to FairVote Washington, where we fight to make our elections the best they can be.

Ranked Choice Voting

Ranked Choice Voting (RCV) is an alternative voting method that helps elect the people voters actually want. It tackles several key problems of our current voting method (plurality).
  1. It greatly avoids vote splitting by allowing voters to transfer their votes to backup candidates (2nd, 3rd, 4th... choices).
  2. It ensures that the winning candidates are those which have gotten as much support as possible.
  3. It encourages less negative, more substantive campaigning since candidates seeking 2nd or 3rd choice votes will be more successful if they make a case for themselves rather than attacking a voter's first choice.
RCV allows voters to have backup choices in case their first choice is not well enough supported. As candidates with the least support are eliminated, votes for those candidates transfer to voters' backups.
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Proportional Representation

Proportional Representation (PR) is a redistricting and election method that allows more voters to have their preferred representation. It challenges serious deficiencies in our current system (single-member districts.)
  1. It makes it very difficult for a drawn district to specifically benefit one party over another (end gerrymandering).
  2. It makes it much more likely every citizen will be represented by someone they want.
  3. It increases the diversity of perspectives and people that get elected.
PR works by having districts represented by multiple individuals. Each person who is elected in this way only needs to gain the support of a portion of the population proportionate to the number of representatives. This is also sometimes referred to as Fair Representation.
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Single-Winner Plurality Voting

Single-Winner Plurality voting is the current election method in the vast majority of the United States and in the entirety of Washington State. It requires voters to make a firm decision to back a single candidate and encourages voting strategically over with one's conscience. This system, while long live, comes with several problem which can be addressed by alternate systems.
  1. The winner often has less than majority support.
  2. Many voters fear splitting the vote and electing their least preferred candidate (rightly so).
  3. The outcome can be particularly influenced by Gerrymandering.
  4. High cost negative campaigning to discourage voters from supporting political opponents is common place.
In our current system we vote for one candidate for each position. The one candidate who has the largest number of votes in each race is elected. In Washington State specifically, two separate elections are run, a primary and a general. The primary is used for selecting two candidates for the general.
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