Ranked-Choice Voting Delivers Representation and Consensus in Presidential Primaries
13 Pages Posted: 9 Apr 2021 Last revised: 13 Apr 2021
Date Written: April 9, 2021
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
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