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How to describe Better Ballot North Carolina

Founded in 2020, Better Ballot North Carolina is a non-partisan, non-profit, grassroots, 501(c)(3) organization in North Carolina working to bring more representative elections to our state by advocating for Ranked Choice Voting (RCV). Learn more about our organization and our leadership.

How to describe Ranked Choice Voting

Ranked choice voting is a simple upgrade to the way we vote that ensures those elected to office have true majority support. And in races with three or more candidates, rather than conducting costly run-off elections to achieve this, ranked choice voting provides instant run-off results the first time around. This is possible because voters are given the option to rank candidates in order of preference.  It's as easy as one, two, three!

Learn more about Ranked Choice Voting and its many benefits.

How to describe the tabulation process

After all 1st place votes are counted, if a candidate earns over 50%, they win just like our current method. However, if no candidate has over 50%, the last place candidate is eliminated and their earned votes are automatically transferred to those voters’ 2nd choices. Then all votes are counted again. This process repeats until a candidate earns over 50%.

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Latest News at Better Ballot NC

Check out our Latest News webpage, browse our upcoming events, and follow-us on social media for the scoop on everything happening in North Carolina regarding ranked choice voting!

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Key Statistics for Stories

  • Per current North Carolina law, winning a primary election requires only 30% of the votes. And in many general elections, there is no minimum percentage requirement at all. 
  • During the 2022 election cycle, RCV was used successfully in 62 jurisdictions, and more than 11 others are projected to also use RCV in their upcoming elections. Learn more about where RCV is being used.
  • A pilot program was held in 2007 in Cary and Hendersonville. Per exit polling conducted by NC State University, 95% (Cary) and 86% (Hendersonville) thought RCV was easy to understand. Roughly 70% (Cary) and 63% (Hendersonville) chose to rank multiple candidates. 2/3 of respondents in both towns said they preferred ranked choice voting over the traditional voting method. Learn more about this pilot program.

Notable Endorsements

Check out the ever-growing list of those who prefer ranked choice voting over our current system.

Downloadable Media

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To bring Ranked Choice Voting to North Carolina, we need to show our legislators that RCV has wide public support.  

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