From My Columbia Basin:
An Oregon county will be the first in the state to have ranked choice voting in November.
In ranked choice voting, voters rank candidates in order of preference. If one candidate gets 50 percent plus one vote, they win. If not, the candidate with the fewest votes as a number one choice is eliminated and those votes go to the voter’s second choice. If no candidates have 50 percent plus one vote after that, the process repeats.
“I think that this is something that presents a candidate that is more representative of what that community is looking for,” Senator Mark Hass (D-Beaverton) said.
Hass told the Senate Campaign Finance Reform Committee he has studied ranked choice voting for years. Benton County will become the first Oregon county to try it for the county commission and sheriff races in November 2020.