South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford signed a bill into law today to provide an instant runoff voting (IRV) ballot for military and overseas voters. The ballot will allow them to cast a meaningful vote should a runoff election become necessary.
South Carolina joins Louisiana and Arkansas in providing ranked choice
ballots to military personnel that allow voters to rank their choices.
South Carolina and Louisiana provide the ballot to both military and
non-military overseas voters. The move comes as more and more states,
such as Alabama, are exploring this policy.
A voter's ballot is counted in the runoff for the top-ranked candidate
who has advanced to the runoff. In the event a voter's first choice is
not in the runoff, the ballot will count for the second or third
choice, depending on which candidate has advanced to the runoff. A
voter can choose to rank only one candidate.
FairVote is a nonprofit, nonpartisan election reform group that has
long advocated IRV ballots as a commonsense way to include our troops
and other overseas voters in the democratic process in the event of
Text of the South Carolina bill:
How ranked choice ballots work in Louisiana: