Who Uses Ranked Ballots?


In the USA: Cities all across the USA are runoff voting to elect their mayor and/or city council. In the last five years, campaigns to switch to a Ranked Ballot system have been successful in Minneapolis, Oakland, Sarasota, Santa Fe, Memphis, and St. Paul.

In Britain: All British mayors are elected with ranked ballots.

Political Parties

Canadian political parties have always used some form of runoff system to choose their leaders and to nominate the local candidates.  Recently, all of Canada's parties have decided to use ranked ballots to choose their leaders.  This change was made to boost internal democracy within the parties, allowing all members to vote - not just those who attend the convention.


The National Hockey League uses a ranked ballot to choose its Hart, Norris, Calder, Lady Byng, Selke, Vezina, and Jack Adams award winners every year - with points awarded based on where each player has been ranked.  The National Basketball Association uses the same system to choose its top player awards as well.

The Academy Awards 

In 2010, the Academy Awards adopted ranked ballots to choose Best Picture.  This was done to avoid a situation where a movie could "win" with only 20% support in the Academy.

Canadian Sports Writers

In journalistic circles, the Canadian Press uses a ranked ballot for picking the Lionel Conacher Award, for Canada's male athlete of the year, and the Bobbie Rosenfeld Award, for Canada's best female athlete of the year.