In ranked-choice voting, all the candidates for an office are listed on a single ballot in the primary and then the top vote getters run against each other in the general election. The voters rank each of the candidates from most favorable (1st) to least favorable. If the candidate with the most votes does not get over 50% in the first round, the candidate with the least votes is eliminated and the votes get recalculated until a winner is determined.
This process is very confusing and could be easily manipulated and therefore raises issues with election integrity. From an election authority standpoint, it is a more complicated and time-consuming process with re-tabulating and recounting. Experience has shown that election results in ranked-choice voting cases have resulted in less popular candidates winning elections.
Missouri Right to Life sees “Ranked-choice voting” as an attempt by progressives to break down our conservative pro-life majorities in Missouri.
For these reasons, MRL is opposed to the initiative petition to put “ranked-choice voting” on the ballot. We encourage you to not sign the ranked-choice voting initiative when approached by any person asking for your signature.
In addition to Missouri Right to Life’s opposition to ranked-choice voting, other groups opposing this initiative as well are: National Right to Life, Missouri Republican Party, and Concerned Women for America.