Better Ballot KC!

Who we are

We are a group of Kansas City voters wanting to bring Ranked Choice Voting (RCV) to Kansas City. RCV (also known as Instant Runoff Voting, or IRV) is a system of voting that allows voters to rank candidates in order of preference (i.e. first, second, third, fourth and so on). The voters' preferences are counted until a candidate emerges with a true majority of the vote: over 50%. Voters can rank as many or as few candidates as they wish, but can vote without fear that ranking less-favored candidates will harm the chances of their most preferred candidates. In elections today at almost every level, candidates only have to receive more votes than the other candidates to win - often earning a very small percentage of the actual vote - which ignores the true preferences of most of the voters.

We can't change the electoral system without you! Please join us. Email us at info@betterballotkc.org, or join our mailing list at kansas-city-ranked-choice-voting@googlegroups.com.

For more information on Ranked Choice Voting, visit www.fairvote.org.

How to help

Check your voter registration:

Check your voter registration here. If you are not registered to vote, register here.

Call your two City Council persons.

To find your city council member and alternate (and their contact information), click here. Ask them to put RCV on the ballot.

Message to Council Members

  • State your name and that you’re a constituent in their district.

  • Simple message: Please put ranked choice voting for mayor & city council on the ballot.

  • Then ask them to keep you updated on the status of the effort to put it on the ballot. Give either your email address or voice/text number so they can.


One day job and volunteer opportunities for the

Parallel Election on Primary Day - August 2, 2022:


The August 2 primary election is about as strong a teaching moment on the value of RCV as we can get. In the U.S. Senate race, several candidates are running on both the Democrat and Republican ballots, and the danger that someone could win with a very small portion of the vote (even if the majority doesn't like them!) is very real.


We're going to run a Parallel Election: outside the polling places, after voters finish voting, we'll offer them a ballot with the same candidates they just voted on and ask them to rank them. We'll ask them if it was easy and if they preferred it. Given our past success with exit surveys - this is a much larger version of that - we expect the results will be helpful in educating and lobbying for RCV.


We're hiring people for the one-day gig of asking people to fill out those ballots. If you or anyone you know would be interested, here's the application and more info.


Discuss the benefits of ranked choice voting

with friends, family, and co-workers.


  • Ranked Choice Voting is as simple as 1st, 2nd, 3rd choice.

  • Better than current style of voting (First past the post/winner take all).

  • Ensures elected officials have support from more than 50% of the voters (a true majority).

  • Removes the "spoiler effect" of having to choose between the two most popular candidates. Show support for who you really want!

  • Better media coverage, debates, and polling data for all the candidates instead of just the top two.

  • Typically better campaigns on what the candidates actually support instead of just why to not vote for the other top candidate.

Media Contacts:

MIDTOWN - Rachel MacNair

  • 811 Emanuel Cleaver II Blvd

  • (816) 753-2057

info@betterballotkc.org

NEAR LIBERTY - Larry Bradley

  • 8921 N Glenwood Ave

  • (402) 321-4851