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RCV Clips is the Ranked Choice Voting Resource Center's monthly podcast. We cover ranked choice voting election administration topics ranging from drafting legislation to election certification. We'll have brief interviews with team members of the Ranked Choice Voting Resource Center, election administrators who have run RCV elections, and more, to tell us about the resources available through the RCVRC and best practices learned from running RCV elections. The podcast is available anywhere you get podcasts.

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November 2019:  Voting Rights in Eastpointe, MI 

Rosemary Blizzard and Chris Hughes discuss the first-ever use of ranked-choice voting to remedy a Voting Rights Act complaint in Eastpointe, Michigan this year.

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October 2019:  The Universal RCV Tabulator, v1.0.1 

The RCVRC introduced the Universal RCV Tabulator in a webinar earlier this month. In this episode of RCV Clips, hear a segment from that webinar to learn more about how the Tabulator works and how to use it.

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August 30, 2019:  RCVRC Mid-Year Recap 

Chris Hughes and Rosemary Blizzard talk about the RCVRC's work so far this year and everything we're looking forward to this fall.

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August 5, 2019:  Hand Counting RCV in St. Paul 

David Triplett, Interim Director of Elections for Ramsey County, Minnesota discusses hand counting RCV elections.

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June 2019:  RCV from A to Z in Easthampton, Massachusetts 

Tom Peake, District 3 City Councilor for Easthampton, Massachusetts, joins to discuss the movement for RCV in Easthampton.

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May 2019:  Symposium Recap: Campaigning as a Ranked Choice Candidate 

On April 29 and 30th, the Ranked Choice Voting Resource Center held our second annual RCV Symposium. In this episode of RCV Clips, listen to Minneapolis City Council Member Linea Palmisano's presentation during Session 2: See How They Run: Campaigning as an RCV Candidate. After that, check out the rest of the sessions on our website (linked to below).

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April 2019:  The Maine Voter Experience 

Hear directly from two Maine voters as they tell Rosemary Blizzard what it was like to vote in their state's historic RCV elections last year.

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March 2019:  The Story of Alameda County's RCV Implementation 

Berkeley, Oakland, and San Leandro, all located in Alameda County, CA, began using RCV in 2010. In this episode, Dave MacDonald, former Alameda County Registrar of Voters and Chief Information Officer, walks Karen Brinson Bell through how Alameda County got RCV up and running in each of those cities.

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February 2019:  Testifying on Ranked Choice Voting 

Karen Brinson Bell and George Gilbert of the RCVRC, joins Chris Hughes to talk about testifying on ranked choice voting legislation.

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January 2019:  Drafting Effective Ranked Choice Voting Legislation 

Dave O'Brien, Staff Attorney at FairVote, joins Chris Hughes to talk about drafting effective ranked choice voting legislation.

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December 2018: The Politics of RCV Implementation

Steven John Mulroy, University of Memphis law professor and ranked choice voting activist in Memphis, takes Chris Hughes through the last 10 years of trials and tribulations for RCV in Memphis.

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November 2018: Serving Military and Overseas Voters with RCV

Isaac Cramer, Absentee Coordinator for the Charleston County Board of Elections, talks with Karen Brinson Bell about how Charleston County uses RCV ballots to enfranchise their military and overseas voters.

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October 2018: Securing Ranked Choice Voting Elections

Karen Brinson Bell, George Gilbert, and Chris Hughes talk about how to secure RCV elections using post-election audits.

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September 2018: Voter-Focused RCV in Minneapolis

Casey Carl, City Clerk of Minneapolis, tells us about ranked choice voting in his city: how ballots get counted, how voters learn about their elections, and what Minneapolis is doing next with RCV. To see materials from Minneapolis's elections, check out their website at vote.minneapolismn.gov.


August 2018: Back to Ranked Choice Voting Basics

In this episode of RCV Clips, Karen Brinson Bell and Connie Schmidt get back to basics: covering why RCV is used, where it’s used, how voters mark their ballots, how voters learn about RCV, and how RCV gets counted.

Visuals always help, so here’s some example ballots, example voter education, and illustrations of how single-winner RCV gets counted.

And here’s links to webinars and podcasts referenced in this episode:


July 2018: Maine's Statewide RCV Election at the Local Level

Kathy Montejo, City Clerk of Lewiston, Maine, sits down with Karen Brinson Bell to discuss the ins and outs of how local election administrators prepared for Maine's statewide RCV election in June. Resources mentioned in this episode include:

Other outreach efforts:

  • May 8 – School Budget Election – I was at the polls all day and spoke with hundreds of voters, we had posters, flyers, sample ballots, etc. – see attached for flyers
  • May 15 – presentation during City Council meeting showing how a ballot is marked under RCV – televised live on cable and youtube, rebroadcasts on cable
  • June 4 – Presentation at Lewiston Senior Citizen’s Center meeting
  • Local community access/cable TV station ran the SOS 5 minute RCV video as well as the one hour SOS presentation done at the Lewiston Library

June 2018: The History of Ranked Choice Voting

Chris Hughes and Morgan Chance talk about how ranked choice voting was used in the early 20th century, and what that can tell us about ranked choice voting today.

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May 2018: Designing Ranked Choice Voting for Voters

Whitney Quesenbery, of the Center for Civic Design, talks to us about CCD's work on ranked choice voting usability: designing RCV election materials for the everyday voter.


April 2018: The Utah RCV Municipal Pilot Project

Karen Brinson Bell and State Representative Marc Roberts of Utah discuss the ranked choice voting pilot project bill that passed there in March.


March 2018: Voter Education in Santa Fe

Join Karen Brinson Bell in a conversation with Maria Perez, of FairVote New Mexico, about voter education efforts for Santa Fe's inaugural RCV election, held March 6th.


February 2018: Multi-Winner Ranked Choice Voting

On this episode of RCV Clips, we cover the basics of multi-winner ranked choice voting with excerpts from our February 2018 webinar:

Understanding Multi Winner Ranked Choice Voting

Additional resources on multi-winner RCV are available at these links:


January 2018: Budgeting for RCV

On this episode of RCV Clips, join Morgan Chance and Gary Bartlett as they discuss building a budget for ranked choice voting elections.

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December 2017: Universal RCV Tabulator

On this episode of RCV Clips, Chris Hughes and George Gilbert talk about the Universal RCV Tabulator. The Universal RCV Tabulator is software that can tabulate ranked choice voting elections.

The software is in its prototype stage now. As its development continues, it will be able to take voting data from any major voting system used in elections today to calculate RCV elections. It is being developed for Maine's 2018 RCV Primaries right now, and more RCV counting rules will be added once the Maine rules are fully tested.

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November 2017: The RCV Model Implementation Plan

On the inaugural episode of RCV Clips, Morgan Chance and Karen Brinson Bell talk about the Ranked Choice Voting Resource Center's "Model RCV Implementation Plan." The Model Plan is a broad map of the start-to-finish process of ranked choice voting -- from the introduction of legislation to approve this voting method to the certification of election results. The plan is a living document with hyperlinks and web resources, and will be continually updated as additional best practices and new information come to light.

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Welcome to RCV Clips

Welcome to RCV Clips, the Ranked Choice Voting Resource Center's podcast. On this monthly podcast, we'll cover ranked choice voting election administration topics ranging from drafting legislation to election certification. We'll have brief interviews with team members of the Ranked Choice Voting Resource Center, election administrators who have run RCV elections, and more, to tell us about the resources available through the RCVRC and best practices learned through running RCV elections.

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