Professor Francis Neely Discusses Ranked-Choice Voting

Monday, October 02, 2017

THE WICHITA EAGLE (KANSAS) -- San Francisco has used ranked-choice voting in local elections since 2004, said Francis Neely, a professor of Political Science at San Francisco State University.

“I think the majority of voters don’t think about it,” he said. “I think it’s not that big a deal to most voters who cast a ballot.”

He said one of his initial concerns was that ranking choices complicates voting, which could disadvantage those with less education and less time to spend researching candidates.

Through exit polling and other research, he did find a disparity in ballot error rates between precincts of different demographics.

For candidates, one observation he’s reached is that “the best way to win is not to be an adversarial campaigner.”