No. Ranked choice voting was actually created in Europe in the 1850’s. Australia began to use it and then cities in the United States adopted it as well.
The first U.S. city to use ranked choice voting was Ashtabula, Ohio in 1915. By the 1940’s, 24 cities were using ranked choice voting. However, in the late 1940’s and 1950’s the popularity of ranked choice voting began to decline and ranked choice voting was repealed.
Ranked choice voting is returning. In 2001, ranked choice voting legislation was introduced in the Maine Legislature with growing support among Republican, Democratic and Independent lawmakers.
Ranked choice voting is used to elect local leaders in 11 U.S. cities and has recently been adopted by several more. Instant runoff voting is also used statewide in Maine and by major party and government leaders in Canada, United Kingdom, and Australia.
Ranked choice voting has been used by the Utah Republican Party and County Parties for nomination contests.