RCV Bill

This bill will update the election process, in Vermont, for federal elections except for President, for elections for U.S. Senator and U.S. Representative and for use in primary elections held statewide every two years.  This bill will take effect, January 1, 2024.

  • Instructions for Voters
    • The major change that this bill puts in place is how voters place their votes.
      RCV_ballot_example_3
      Mock ballot from FarVote.org

      In essence, voters will be asked to fill in the oval under “1st Choice” next to that candidate’s name.  Then fill in the oval under “2nd Choice” next to that candidate’s name, and so on.  Voters may not skip numbers and can not mark the same choice for multiple candidates. Voter can rank as many candidates as they wish.  If a desired candidate is not listed on the ballot, voters can use the blank space provided to list their desired candidate and rank them as they choose.

  • Determining the Winner
    •  Winner in a single seat district will be determined by a threshold of majority vote and in a multi-seat district will be determined by dividing the total numbers of votes cast for continuing candidates (candidates that have not been defeated) by 1 plus the total number of seats to be filled.
  • Vote Tabulation
    • Each vote on a ballot will be counted as 1 for the highest ranked continuing candidate
      • If the majority threshold is met, that person will be elected
      • If the majority threshold is not met, tabulation will continue with candidates getting the least amount of votes being eliminated and the highest ranking, non-exhausted candidates on those ballots gaining the rank of 1 votes
        • This will continue until majority threshold is met
  • Read the full bill here.
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