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 our mailing list by emailing us at firstname.lastname@example.org or by visiting https://groups.google.com/g/kansas-city-ranked-choice-voting/ , signing in with a Google account, and clicking "Ask to Join Group".
For more information on Ranked Choice Voting, visit www.fairvote.org.
How to help
Check your voter registration:
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.
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.