#3 REDUCED COST OF ELECTIONS
Our country will protect democracy at any cost, but that does not mean voting has to cost us more than it has to! When we hold separate primary and general elections, taxpayers pay the price. RCV can save millions for taxpayers by
FACT: L.A. County saved 4 million dollars in a RCV election by holding only one election.
Has Utah used RCV Before? Yes! RCV was used during the 2004 GOP convention, as well as to fill an open seat in the Senate in 2009. In both instances election costs were reduced, and there was a more satisfied and civil voter community. In 2019, Payson and Vineyard employed ranked choice voting in municipal elections and in 2020 both the Utah Republican and Democratic parties used RCV to conduct nominating convention votes. Continuing to establish RCV in municipalities in Utah can support the benefits of RCV statewide.
Who is using Ranked Choice Voting? In 2017 alone, 18 Republican state legislators across nine states sponsored legislation that would have implemented ranked choice voting. Cities looking to reduce election costs, minimize spoiler voting and increase civility and engagement in electoral campaigns have found many of the answers they are looking for by implementing ranked choice voting. Currently 19 U.S. cities are using RCV, with 5 more slated to begin implementation in 2020 and 2021. Find other states and organizations using RCV here.