Ranked Choice Voting Saves Taxpayers' Money
Save time, money, and energy
Runoff elections are costly and inefficient because they split one election into two. Not only does this mean taxpayers must fund two elections, but low voter turnout is also common often at the second election.
Ranked choice voting consolidates voter preference onto one ballot, eliminating the need for a separate runoff. This reform saves voters and the government time, money, and energy.
Cost savings across the country
- Data from the California Secretary of State’s office shows that the 16 special elections held in Los Angeles County between 2013 and 2017 cost taxpayers $18.6 million.
- San Francisco chose to use ranked choice voting holding only one election and saved more than $4 million.
- Utah can achieve similar cost savings by eliminating special elections and utilizing ranked choice voting.
Reduced costs for candidates
Ranked choice voting means reduced costs for candidates as well. Campaigning costs are significantly less when candidates have one election, instead of two.