SEPTEMBER 17, 2023

There has been a push for electoral reform across the United States in recent years. One such reform, ranked-choice voting (RCV), has been at the forefront of these discussions. The state of Oregon is set to decide on this very issue with the Oregon Ranked-Choice Voting for Federal and State Elections Measure slated for 2024. But what does this mean for the state, and why is it garnering attention?

At its core, RCV allows voters to rank candidates in order of preference rather than just selecting one. If a candidate receives a majority of the first-choice votes, they win. If not, the candidate with the fewest votes is eliminated, and their votes are redistributed based on the second choices. This process continues until a candidate achieves a majority.

Advocates argue that RCV can lead to more civil campaigns, as candidates are incentivized to appeal to a broader base to gain second or third-choice votes. Additionally, it can reduce the chances of "spoiler" candidates and ensure that the elected candidate has a broader appeal.

However, not everyone is on board. Some conservative groups have expressed concerns about the measure. They argue that the traditional voting system, where the candidate with the most votes wins, is straightforward and has served the country well. Introducing RCV, they say, could complicate the voting process and confuse voters.

One can argue that RCV, by ensuring that elected officials have broader support, can lead to a more inclusive political system. Such a system might better represent the diverse voices and concerns of all Oregonians.

The implications of the Oregon measure extend beyond the state. If passed, it could set a precedent for other states to follow. The push for RCV is part of a broader movement to make the U.S. electoral system more democratic and representative. Other states, like Maine, have already adopted RCV for certain elections, and its success or failure in Oregon could influence the national conversation.

As 2024 approaches, the debate around the Oregon Ranked-Choice Voting Measure is sure to intensify. Both sides present valid arguments. Advocates believe it's a step towards a more democratic and representative electoral system, while opponents fear it could complicate the voting process. Whatever the outcome, the measure represents a significant moment in Oregon's political history and could have ramifications for the entire country.

Oregonians, and indeed all Americans, will be watching closely. The decision could shape the future of electoral politics in the U.S., making the 2024 vote a pivotal moment in the nation's democratic journey.


  • Oregon is voting on Ranked-Choice Voting. If it passes, they will start using it in 2028.

  • More detail on Progress for America here.

  • Register and vote early where possible.