Ranked Choice Voting and Minority Representation

  title={Ranked Choice Voting and Minority Representation},
  author={Gerdus Benade and Ruth Buck and Moon Duchin and Dara Gold and Thomas Weighill},
  journal={Social Science Research Network},
In this paper, we outline and demonstrate a data-driven methodology that voting rights advocates can use to compare the likely effectiveness of a single transferable vote system (STV) to single-member districts (SMD) for securing minority representation in local government. We incorporate both election data and demographics, and can apply variable assumptions on candidate availability and voter turnout. The core of our STV analysis uses four models of voter ranking behavior that take racial… 
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