OUR ROYAL OAK CAMPAIGN WON!
On November 7, 2023, over 50% of Royal Oak voters voted to add Ranked Choice Voting to Royal Oak’s city charter!
Let's Bring Ranked Choice Voting to The City of Trees
The citizens of Michigan opened up their democracy by establishing an independent redistricting commission for our State and expanding voting rights.
Now, Rank MI Vote is building upon this momentum by bringing Ranked Choice Voting (RCV) to Michigan. We’ve submitted over 2,800 signatures to appear on this November’s ballot to allow the citizens of Royal Oak to choose RCV as their preferred voting method for local elections.
We’re asking Royal Oak voters to vote “YES” on the November 2023 Royal Oak city charter amendment to bring Ranked Choice Voting to Royal Oak!
We’re also looking for groups to speak to and volunteers to help us get out the vote. At events and door to door, we need your help! We’re looking to get the word out about the upcoming vote at events and in neighborhoods throughout Royal Oak. If you’d like to join us or know of a group we should present to, email us below!
“YES” Vote Endorsements
"Ranked Choice Voting is widely accepted as another critical pillar of democracy reform. It puts more power in the hands of voters while making politicians be more responsive and accountable to their constituents. It incentivizes politicians toward campaigning and governing focused on finding solutions that best serve our communities. I wholeheartedly endorse this important effort."Katie FaheyFounder, Voters Not Politicians
"I support Ranked Choice Voting because it favors voters and not politicians. Voters can choose the candidates who actually share their values without worry that their vote accidentally helps elect the candidate they favor least."Natalie PriceRoyal Oak State Representative
"Ranked Choice Voting is energizing turnout and bringing better representative democracy to cities across the U.S. Majority winners bring accountability."Jim EllisonFormer Royal Oak Mayor
"Ranked Choice Voting makes your vote matter more to election outcomes. That’s empowering to voters."Charlie CavellOakland County Commissioner
What is Ranked Choice Voting
Ranked Choice Voting (“RCV”) ensures that candidates with the best ideas, not the biggest bank accounts – have a fair shot at running and winning.
In most elections today, you pick one candidate. With Ranked Choice Voting, you can rank candidates in the order you prefer them — 1st choice, 2nd choice, 3rd choice, and so on. If your 1st choice can’t win, your vote instantly counts toward your backup choice.
How It Works
In Ranked Choice Voting (RCV), voters rank as many candidates as they want in order of preference. This improved voting method gives voters more freedom, more expression, and more power. Instead of picking just one candidate, a voter has the option to rank their candidates in order of preference — 1st, 2nd, 3rd, and so on.
RCV is a simple change to the ballot that enables a better voter experience, better campaigns, and ultimately, better government.
Ballots are counted in “instant runoff rounds” where contestants receiving the fewest top-choices are eliminated and their supporters’ ballots are then counted toward the next choice indicated on each.
This process “consolidates” the voting power of like-minded voters, no matter how many candidates are running, rather than seeing the strength of their votes diluted and divided between multiple similar candidates. It means no more “spoiler problem”, so more candidates with a variety of backgrounds or ideas can run without worrying about distorting the outcome of the election.
These rounds repeat until one candidate has the support of more than half of the voters. Because winning requires a broad majority of support, candidates need to earn their opponents’ supporters’ 2nd and 3rd choice votes on the ballot. This encourages them to find common ground and talk about the substance of issues, rather than mudslinging — which alienates voters.
People are fed up with toxic politics and unresponsive, gridlocked government dominated by powerful special interests. Grassroots leaders across the country are organizing to solve the source of the problem — our flawed election system.
Our current “pick-one” plurality election system punishes voters with “wasting their vote” if they choose their actual favorite and don’t use their ballot to support a “front-runner” candidate or one from the two major parties. It lets unpopular politicians win by allowing candidates to be elected even when the majority of voters oppose them. This system, known as “first-past-the-post” voting, makes elections toxic by incentivizing candidates to beat down their opponents and exaggerate differences, missing opportunities to reinforce areas of agreement that unify the electorate and create consensus for getting important things done after the election.