How to fill out your Ranked Choice ballot

With Ranked Choice Voting, you can rank up to five candidates in order of preference instead of choosing just one. Here’s how to fill out your ballot:

  1. Pick your 1st choice candidate and completely fill in the oval next to their name under the 1st column.
  2. If you have a 2nd choice candidate, fill in the oval next to their name under the 2nd column.
  3. You can rank up to five candidates. You can still vote for only one candidate if you prefer. However, ranking other candidates does not harm your 1st choice.

 

Practice on a sample ballot!

Use this sample ballot to practice ranking your choices! We’ll let you know if your ballot is filled out correctly or how to fix it if you make an error.

Rank up to 5 choices.

Only rank one candidate per column
Don’t rank any candidate more than once

Rank up to 5 choices.

Only rank one candidate per column
Don’t rank any candidate more than once

1st Choice
2nd Choice
3rd Choice
4th Choice
5th Choice
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Purple

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Blue

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Green

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Yellow

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Orange

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Pink

Top FAQs

Yes! You can still vote for just your 1st choice candidate. However, ranking other candidates does not harm your 1st choice. If your 1st and only choice is eliminated, your vote will have no influence on the outcome of the election.

To vote for a candidate whose name is not on the ballot, write the name on the “Write-in” line and fill in an oval to rank your write-in choice.

If you vote in person, the voting machine will let you know if you give multiple candidates the same ranking. If you make a mistake, you can ask a poll worker for a new ballot. However, the voting machine will not let you know if you skip rankings or rank the same candidate multiple times, since your top-choice vote will still count in those cases.