Better Ballot North Carolina (BBNC) is a non-partisan, grassroots campaign made up of politically diverse citizens working to make elections more fair and democratic by advocating for Ranked Choice Voting (RCV) in NC.
Also known as "Instant Runoff Voting" (IRV), it's a simple and easy upgrade to the voting process that ensures the winning candidate has the support of the majority of voters (greater than 50%). To achieve this, voters have the option to rank the candidates...Easy as 1, 2, 3!
Voters using RCV have the choice to rank as few or as many candidates as they want. Voters don't even have to rank at all. For example, on the ice cream ballot below, voters could leave both the mint and strawberry rows blank if they like only chocolate.
Voters can have confidence knowing that indicating a later-choice candidate will never hurt a more preferred candidate. Learn more, including how it works!
We rank things all of the time. Choosing ice cream flavors, clothing, or cars requires us to rank multiple possible choices by their advantages. So instead of cars or ice cream, voters rank candidates in order of preference: one, two, three, and so on.
We all want to participate in a powerful democracy, where voters feel represented and the candidates who win are those with the best ideas or the strongest experience. Ranked Choice Voting helps ensure that this future is possible for all Americans.
Your vote keeps working throughout the process. If your first choice can’t draw enough support, your second choice can still gain from your vote. So can your third or your fourth choice. Your vote always contributes to the outcome, increasing your power over the results. This is what the phrase "transferable vote" means - your voice continues to be heard until the winner is announced.
Majority rule is a fundamental principle of our democracy. Ranked Choice Voting ensures majority winners for single-seat offices, and majority rule with minority voice for multi-seat bodies.
If a person wins outright in the first vote, they won a majority. If a person wins in later rounds, a majority of people have agreed that they are an acceptable compromise candidate. Candidates must get a majority to win.
States and counties don’t face the possibility of having to administer two elections in the event of a runoff.
Show your support for bringing Ranked Choice Voting to NC!