Can RCV work in all elections?


Multi-winner RCV is the preferred option for electing a legislative body, such as a city council, state legislature or the U.S. House of Representatives and is used when there are multiple winners in a ranked choice election.

Today, most legislative bodies in America are chosen in single-winner elections. When everyone in a legislature is elected from single member, winner-take-all districts, only the majority (or plurality) of voters who supported a winning candidate may actually feel represented.

Multi-winner ranked choice voting allows more views to be represented in a legislative body and enables more voters to elect someone who shares their viewpoint. Instead of five representatives elected in each of five single-member districts, all five might be chosen from a larger, multi-member district.