Welcome to Better Ballot Alabama
We are a nonpartisan grassroots group of Alabamian's organizing to bring Ranked Choice Voting (RCV) to Alabama. RCV gives you more choices by allowing you to rank candidates in order of preference, instead of being forced to choose just one.
What is Ranked Choice Voting?
Ranked Choice Voting is a simple upgrade to the way we vote.
In our current system, you pick one candidate. With Ranked Choice Voting, you rank multiple candidates, in the order that you prefer them: 1st choice, 2nd choice, 3rd choice, and so on.
Want to vote for a candidate who isn’t a front-runner? Currently, you might worry you are throwing your vote away -- or worse, helping elect someone you don’t like.
With Ranked Choice Voting, you can rank your favorite as your first choice, and select a stronger candidate as a backup. If your first choice doesn’t have enough support, your vote is counted toward your second choice. This means you never throw your vote away.
Do you support a front-runner? Currently, a lesser-known candidate entering the race can split votes with your favorite and risk "spoiling" the election, like what happened with Ralph Nader and Al Gore in 2000 and George H.W. Bush and Ross Perot in 1992.
With Ranked Choice Vote counting, candidates with fewer first choice selections are eliminated and votes from their supporters are applied to reinforce, rather than undermine, the remaining similar candidates.
This way of counting also ensures that the winning candidate is preferred to the alternatives by a majority of voters. It prevents polarizing candidates from winning without a majority mandate, as Maine Governor Paul LePage did in 2010, with only 37% of the vote.
Ranked Choice Voting fosters competitive, fair elections where the diverse spectrum of voter interests are represented and everyone has a reason to get excited about voting.