Military & Overseas

Military and Overseas voters in Alabama, Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, South Carolina, and Springfield, Illinois, use RCV ballots to participate in potential runoff elections. Each of these places hold runoffs for their primaries or general elections if no one receives a majority in the first round of the election. In order to ensure military and overseas voters can participate in these elections, voters are sent the ballot for the primary or general election and a ranked ballot to fill out if the election goes to a runoff. This ensures military and overseas voters can participate in each stage of an election without worrying that their runoff ballot might get delayed in the mail. Listen to our podcast episode about South Carolina's use of ranked ballots to learn more.

Alabama's RCV law for Military and Overseas voters is the best example of such RCV laws: it describes the RCV process used and how RCV ballots are to be sent to military and overseas voters. Like all other military and overseas voter RCV laws, it provides only basic instructions on ballot counting, how ballots should be designed, and how to adjudicate ballots. Mississippi's regulations cover similar ground. 

Alabama (single-winner RCV)

Mississippi Regulations and Instructions (single-winner RCV)

Springfield, IL Resolution on Ballot Question for Military and Overseas Voters Using RCV (single-winner RCV)