In 2008, 71% of the voters in Memphis approved Instant Runoff Voting, also known as Ranked Choice Voting. This allows voters to choose their 1st, 2nd, and 3rd choice in each race on the ballot.
If a candidate wins a majority of the 1st choice votes, he/she wins. If there is not a clear majority, the lowest-scoring candidate is eliminated, and his/ her votes are redistributed to the other candidates based upon who his voters chose as their second choice. If there is still no majority, then the next lowest candidate is eliminated and his/ her votes are redistributed among the remaining candidates.
The more traditional runoff requires the top two candidates to raise money for another month of campaigning and requires you, the voters and taxpayers of Memphis, to shell out tens of thousands of dollars for a runoff election that typically only sees 5% of the voters participating.
Instant Runoff Voting eliminates those problems and after nine long years, we finally have an elections administrator willing to abide by the will of the people and implement it.
Click this link to find some helpful materials on IRV and how IRV would benefit the voters of Memphis.
Some members of the Memphis City Council would like to see it revoked because they (incorrectly) believe it would make it easier to defeat them. Click here to express yourself to the Memphis City Council.