2018 Online Symposium - From Idea to Implementation: A Ranked Choice Voting and Voting Systems


Election administrators, elected and government officials, voting systems representatives, and RCV proponents came together for this online symposium focused on: Best practices and case studies for ranked choice voting (RCV) presented by some of the country’s leading election experts; Presentations from the nation’s voting system vendors about their latest voting systems and RCV capabilities; Discussions about RCV and the process for implementing by election administrators who have administered this voting method. To view or download recordings of the sessions, please click the individual links. Also available are links to question and answer documents with more detailed responses to questions posed during the sessions and links to presentations and other resources used during each session.

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Session 1: RCV Today | 10:30 AM EDT

In this session, panelists will provide their unique perspective of how ranked choice voting has evolved, what issues this voting method addresses, and some initial lessons learned over the course of RCV elections.


Session 2: RCV Successes -- A Look at Actual Implementations | 12:30 PM EDT

Panelists in this session have implemented and administered ranked choice voting elections. Hear their thoughts on what has worked, changes they have made along the way, and what's ahead in future elections.


Session 3: RCV Case Studies & Future Successes | 2:30 PM EDT

Leading experts in the academic study of elections present in this session. will present case studies to address why RCV has flourished in some locations, while not in others as well as look at what locations are on the horizon for RCV.


Session 4: US Election Assistance Commission: The Certification Process | 4:30 PM EDT

Representatives from the US Election Assistance Commission will discuss the certification process and work to develop updated Voluntary Voting Systems Guidelines (VVSG) through the Voting Systems Working Group to include RCV.


Session 5: Informed Voters from Start to Finish | 10 AM EDT

Voter understanding and engagement is the very heart of election administration. From ballot design to results presentation, learn the latest outcomes from usability testing by the Center for Civic Design in partnership with the Ranked Choice Voting Resource Center and FairVote.


Session 6: Voting Systems and RCV Capabilities: Unisyn Voting Solutions | 11:30 AM EDT

Learn more about the latest voting systems used in US elections and how these systems can be used for ranked choice voting ballot design and tabulation.


Session 7: Voting Systems and RCV Capabilities: Hart InterCivic | 12:30 PM EDT

Learn more about the latest voting systems used in US elections and how these systems can be used for ranked choice voting ballot design and tabulation.


Session 8: Voting Systems and RCV Capabilities: Elections Systems & Software (ES&S) | 1:30 PM EDT

Learn more about the latest voting systems used in US elections and how these systems can be used for ranked choice voting ballot design and tabulation.


Session 9: Voting Systems and RCV Capabilities: Dominion Voting Systems | 2:30 PM EDT

Learn more about the latest voting systems used in US elections and how these systems can be used for ranked choice voting ballot design and tabulation.

Session 10: Universal RCV Tabulator | 4:30 PM EDT

The Ranked Choice Voting Resource Center has partnered with Bright Spots to deliver open source software for jurisdictions to tabulate RCV results with legacy voting equipment, when tabulation software is not available through the voting system vendor, or when a state needs to aggregate results from multiple voting systems. See a demonstration of this software and learn more about how the tabulation process works.

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