RANKED CHOICE VOTING (RCV)
This year, the Democratic Party of Hawaiʻi is using RCV to conduct the Party-Run Presidential Primary. Below you will find some specific info for our process, as well as general information about Ranked Choice Voting.
Summary of the Process
Filling out the Ballot
1. Mark your ballot for your preference in the order of the order 1, 2, 3 and place it back in the secrecy sleeve.
2. Next, return your ballot. If you received your ballot in the mail, return it by mail. If you are voting in the polling place, return your marked ballot at the polling place.
Your Ballot is Counted
1. In the Hawaiʻi Democratic Presidential Primary, the minimum threshold to receive any delegates to the National Convention is 15%. So, if your 1st choice gets more than 15%, your ballot is complete and the 2nd and 3rd choices are not considered.
2. If your candidate in the 1st position has the lowest percentage of votes under 15%, then your 2nd choice is used instead.
3. If your 2nd choice candidate now has 15%, your ballot is complete and the 3rd choice is not considered.
4. If your candidate in the 2nd position has the lowest percentage of votes under 15%, then your 3rd choice is used instead and your ballot is complete.
FairVote created dedicated materials for our election process and worked with the Democratic Party of Hawaiʻi during the ballot design process.
- HawaiiRCV2020.org is the main web site FairVote created for Hawaiʻi.
- FairVote PDF handout
- FairVote Hawaiʻi video (YouTube)
Note: these may talk about "majority totals" and not the 15% that is specific to the Presidential Primary.