Santa Fe, NM – City officials have posted the initial draft of legislation which will govern the implementation of Ranked Choice Voting for the 2018 Municipal Elections.
Click here to download a PDF of the document: https://www.santafenm.gov/document_center/document/7477
The ordinance is a draft and will be discussed, amended, finalized and voted on at a special meeting of the Governing Body on December 20th. That meeting will include a public hearing.
As it currently stands, the draft defines important terms related to Ranked Choice Voting, including exhausted ballots, duplicate ballots, inconsistent ballots and other potential ballot problems that can occur, and lays out how each of those ballots will be handled.
Under the draft, voters will be able to rank all candidates running for a particular office, and votes will be counted in each round in the following way:
“The ballots shall be counted in rounds.
(1) In the first round, every ballot shall count as a vote towards the first-choice candidate.
(2) After any round, if any candidate receives a majority of votes from the continuing ballots, that candidate shall be declared the winner.
(3) If no candidate receives a majority, the candidate receiving the fewest number of votes shall be eliminated.
(4) Every ballot counting towards the eliminated candidate shall be transferred to the next ranked continuing candidate. All the continuing ballots for all continuing candidates shall be counted again in a new round.”
Again, the meeting to finalize these rules will be December 20th.