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Benton County — Oregon’s first County to use Ranked Choice Voting

November 3rd is Election Day

Benton County is found in the heart of the Willamette Valley. Long the home of the Kalapuya people, the county is bordered on the east by the Willamette River and extends westward into the Coast Range. Corvallis, home of Oregon State University, is the county seat. 

In 2016, Benton County voters approved a ballot measure amending the county charter to use Ranked Choice Voting to elect county officials. Voters are using RCV in 2020 for the first time to elect candidates in two county commissioner races. Benton County has three commissioners; two seats are up in November and the third seat will be elected in 2022. 

Benton County has created an informative and entertaining website about its new RCV voting system. 

Make sure you are registered to vote! Don’t wait until the last minute to register. The last day to register to vote for the 2020 election is October 13. You can register on-line or in-person at the Benton County elections office in the basement of the County Courthouse. 

Voters should receive their ballots and Voters’ Pamphlets in October; a few weeks before the election.  

Benton County voters can return their ballots to the county elections office at 120 NW 4th Street in Corvallis (accessible entrance on 5th Street) or at a number of ballot drop sites located throughout the county. If you return your ballot by mail, remember your ballot must be received by Election Day, November 3. Postmarks don’t count! 

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What is RCV?

Ranked Choice Voting fixes our broken election system by giving voters more power and more choices. Elections now are dominated by negative campaigning, Big Money and wealthy special interests. Too many people are shut out from participating in a government that doesn’t look like them and doesn’t represent them.

RCV is as easy as 1-2-3. Voters rank candidates in order of preference instead of voting for just one candidate.

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Why RCV?

RCV brings more voices into our elections and greater diversity to government. It increases voter participation, encourages coalition-building and rewards positive campaigning.

RCV improves our elections. Voters get to vote honestly and express their true preferences. RCV solves the "spoiler" issue and means that no vote will ever be a "wasted" vote.

Ranked Choice Voting elects candidates with the broadest possible public support.

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