Ranked-Choice Voting Delivers Representation and Consensus in Presidential Primaries

13 Pages Posted: 9 Apr 2021 Last revised: 13 Apr 2021

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Baodong Liu

University of Utah

Nadia Mahallati

University of Utah

Charles Turner

University of Utah

Date Written: April 9, 2021

Abstract

This article empirically examines the results of the 2020 Democratic Party’s presidential nomination contests in the five states that adopted ranked choice voting rules. The findings shed light on how voters ranked candidates based on not only the need to nominate the strongest candidate to represent the party in the general election, but also to ensure representation of the diverse electorate at the national convention. The paper also considers how the 15 percent threshold of vote shares required to earn national delegates affected the results of RCV elections in 2020. Finally, it assesses the possibility of changes to the delegate allocation if this threshold is altered in the context of RCV rule adoptions in the future.

Keywords: Ranked-choice voting, presidential primaries, political representation, 2020 election

Suggested Citation

Liu, Baodong and Mahallati, Nadia and Turner, Charles, Ranked-Choice Voting Delivers Representation and Consensus in Presidential Primaries (April 9, 2021). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3822879 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3822879

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Nadia Mahallati

University of Utah ( email )

1645 E. Campus Center
Salt Lake City, UT 84112
United States
84112 (Fax)

Charles Turner

University of Utah ( email )

1645 E. Campus Center
Salt Lake City, UT 84112
United States
84112 (Fax)

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