Two Democratic state lawmakers have introduced legislation for ranked-choice voting in Wisconsin. State Representative Mark Spreitzer and state Senator Chris Larson call ranked-choice voting an innovative and practical way to make sure people can vote for “who they truly want.” It’s already being used in Minneapolis. Ranked-choice voting systems lets voters rank candidates in order of their preference, rather than selected a single candidate. If a candidate gets 50-percent of the vote – plus one – he or she is the winner. If no candidate gets an absolute majority, then the candidate with the lowest vote total is eliminated and their votes are distributed among the remaining candidates based on the voters’ next preference. The process is repeated until one candidate gets an absolute majority.
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