Answer

After a few rounds of eliminating last place candidates, it is possible that a voter would not have ranked any candidate remaining in the race. (Voters are not required to rank all candidates.) If a voter has not ranked any candidate remaining in the race, that voter’s ballot is exhausted and not considered further. Such a voter would be in the same position as a voter in our current system who voted for the loser in an election. Ranked choice voting only improves the freedom of voters, it never acts as a restriction of voter choice.