How difficult is it for election clerks to administer an RCV election?


It is easy for clerks to administer a Ranked Choice Voting election. The State of Maine administered its first statewide Ranked Choice Voting election on June 12th, 2018, and the process went smoothly. In the video below, Maine Secretary of State Matt Dunlap explains the logistics and costs around running their first statewide RCV election. State and local staff relied on their existing ballot machines, had about three months of preparation, incurred a total of $102,653 in additional cost, ran an election with no major problems, and reported final results in five business days. Watch Secretary Dunlap’s presentation:

Ranked Choice Voting elections allow the benefits of a runoff election without having to conduct a whole new election. In some elections in Montana, this may reduce the cost of the election - saving time and money for those administering the election.