Ranked Choice Voting
On November 3, 2020 the City of Eastpointe will elect a city council member using ranked choice voting (RCV). This page provides information and instructions for marking a contest that uses ranked choice voting, key points to remember, frequently asked questions, and more.
What is ranked choice voting?
In a ranked choice voting election voters rank the candidates in order of preference rather than just picking one. On your ballot you’ll have a 1st choice, 2nd choice, and 3rd choice. Voters can rank as many or as few candidates as they’d like. To earn a seat on the city council a candidate must earn more than 50% of the vote to be elected. RCV will ONLY be used for the city council election.
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For contests that use ranked-choice voting, the names of candidates are listed in repeated columns. Numbered rankings appear on the top row. Voters can rank up to 3 candidates using the columns on the ballot to indicate their choices.
- In the 1st column for your 1st choice
- In the 2nd column for your 2nd choice
- In the 3rd column for your 3rd choice
If you make a mistake, you may request a new ballot.
How does ranked choice voting work?
- In the first round, we ONLY count 1st choices. If a candidate has enough votes to win, they are elected!
- If no candidate receives over 50%, the last-place candidate is eliminated, voters who selected that candidate as their 1st choice will have their vote instantly go to their next choice.
- This process continues until a candidate has more than 50% of the votes.
Your vote will stay with your 1st choice as long as they are in the race. Your 2nd choice will only count if your 1st choice is eliminated. These processes make sure as many votes as possible count in the election.
Key Points To Remember
You may rank as many or as few candidates as you wish. If you wish to rank fewer candidates, leave any remaining columns blank. Ranking additional candidates will not hurt your first choice candidate.
Do not vote for any candidate more than once. Your vote for that candidate will be counted only one time. It does not hurt your favorite candidate if you rank a 2nd or 3rd choice.
Do not vote for more than one candidate in a column. If you give the same ranking to multiple candidates you will need to ask for a new ballot.
What’s different from last year?
You may remember using Ranked Choice Voting last year to elect TWO members of the City Council. This year we are only electing ONE member of the City Council. What changes when we are electing one person and not two? For voters, nothing. You simply rank candidates in order of preference. However, in a Ranked Choice Voting election the number of votes a candidate needs to win is determined by the number of seats you are electing. Because we are electing one seat on the City Council this year, a candidate will need to earn at least 50%+1 of the votes to be elected.