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Senate of Pennsylvania
Session of 2019 - 2020 Regular Session


Posted: November 6, 2019 10:20 AM
From: Senator Daylin Leach
To: All Senate members
Subject: Statewide Ranked Choice Voting
Soon I will introduce legislation to implement ranked choice voting in Pennsylvania.

Ranked choice voting allows voters to rank candidates on their ballot in order of voters’ preference. If a candidate wins a majority of first-preference votes, they are declared the winner. If not, the candidate with the fewest first-preference votes is eliminated, which moves the second-preference choice on those ballots into first position on those ballots. The first-preference votes are then retabulated. This process is repeated until a candidate obtains a majority.

Switching to ranked choice voting strengthens our democracy. This simple change enables individuals to vote for independents without the danger of their candidate becoming the spoiler, discourages negative campaigning, promotes majority support, and increases access to ballots for overseas voters.

Currently, Maine is the only state that has enacted ranked choice statewide, but about twenty cities have either switched to ranked choice or are in the processing of implementing it.

Please join me in supporting this important legislation.

If you have questions about this legislation, please don’t hesitate to contact me.