Our current voting method is called first past the post or plurality voting. This means the candidate with the most votes wins the election, even when that candidate does not receive a majority of the votes.
For example, in 2020, in Indiana’s Fifth Congressional District primary, Victoria Spartz won the Republican primary with 39.8% of the votes out of a field of 15 candidates, meaning that 60.2% of Republicans did not prefer Ms. Spartz as their first choice. In that same race, Christina Hale won the Democratic primary with 40.8% of the votes out of a field of five candidates, meaning that 59.2% of Democratic voters did not prefer Ms. Hale as their first choice. With RCV, the winners of the primaries in both parties would have better reflected preferences of a majority of the voters. For further information about this race, click here.