Ranked-choice voting (RCV) is not a solution to Texas’ state and local election woes. Instead, it threatens to unleash new problems, like voter disenfranchisement and increased political polarization.

Key points

– Ranked-choice voting (RCV) is a system that permits voters to rank candidates on their ballots. It is a deeply flawed system.

– RCV disenfranchises large numbers of voters through a phenomenon known as ballot exhaustion.

– It also invites political manipulation on a broad scale.

– RCV does not decrease political polarization and may, in fact, increase it.

– Like in Florida and Tennessee, policymakers should ban RCV in Texas.