RCV Candidate Tip #6: Training Your Campaign Team on RCV

This is the sixth in our series of weekly tips about campaigning under Ranked Choice Voting. Today I offer to train your campaign team and volunteers on talking to voters about Ranked Choice Voting and the election. While voters in St. Paul have found RCV easy to use and understand, previous turnout patterns suggest that around one quarter of 2015 voters will be new to RCV, having not voted in either 2011 or 2013. If you anticipate that some of these new voters will be among your supporters, ideally the folks talking to voters on your behalf should be ready to answer questions about RCV.

Relevant to Campaigns in Every Ward

I am hoping that this will not only be of interest to campaigns in Wards 2, 5, and 6, where voters’ second and lower choices might decide the winner. The ballots are printed with rankings available for the number of candidates plus 1 (for a write-in) up to 6. This means that every St. Paul voter will see a ranked ballot, even if the race is sure to be decided by first choices alone.

Training Structure

The goal of this training is that those who complete it will fully understand how RCV works in St. Paul and will feel confident answering basic questions about how it applies to the city council race.

Depending on your preference, the training can take from 15 to 40 minutes. A longer training offers participants more time to practice talking and answering questions about RCV, but the shorter version should leave them with a solid understanding and ready to answer voters’ questions.

If this is of interest to you, let me know the time that you prefer. If you would like to talk it through on the phone first, please give me a call at 612-723-7943.

Our Lit Can Help Too

Our St. Paul lit piece on RCV is also an excellent aid in helping a voter understand RCV. It features an example ballot and also an example of what happens if no candidate secures a majority of the first choices. Please give me an address and quantity requested and I can drop it off for you.

In case you missed it, here are our links to previous tips:

RCV Tip #1: Using the Language of Ranked Choice Voting in Your Campaign

RCV Tip #2: the Road to 50%+1

RCV Tip #3: RCV Messaging and Your Website

RCV Tip #4: Get ready to start asking for lower-choice support

RCV Tip #5: Can we host a fun ranked vote at your event?