Administering an election is an intricate and vitally important process. Ranked choice voting elections present routine election procedures and unique administrative tasks. "Conduct an Election" is meant to guide election officials and others interested in the process through what it takes to run an RCV election. The page is divided into three main components:
The resources in the Pre-Election section are geared towards helping election administrators, candidates, the media, and voters understand and prepare for a ranked choice voting election. We focus on four main components of preparation: drafting statutes and resolutions; identifying and procuring election and tabulation systems; designing a clear and accessible ranked choice voting ballot; and developing plans for outreach and education/training. Learn more at Pre-Election.
Election Day is the culmination of months of planning and preparation, and the time when everyday citizens can express their opinions about their local, state, and national governments. Ensuring that voters have a positive experience at the polling place and that accurate election results can be released in a timely manner requires voter education, poll worker training, anticipation of problems at the polling place, efficient counting procedures, and more. Our election resources focus on topics particular to ranked choice voting elections including voter, poll worker, and candidate education; media and outreach; and surveys and case studies on RCV. Learn more at Election.
Immediately after polls close, election results reporting begins. It is of utmost importance that preliminary, unofficial results are accurate; audits are carried out effectively; recounts proceed smoothly; and final reports are correct. Our Post-Election resources focus on counting and certification; reporting results; feedback from those who used or are impacted by RCV; and media. Learn more at Post-Election.