| Ben Winslow | FOX 13 News Utah |
SALT LAKE CITY — Utah cities could decide soon whether to utilize ranked choice voting in upcoming municipal elections.
The Salt Lake City Council is expected to vote next month on whether or not to try it again in the 2023 election cycle. In the last municipal election cycle, 23 different cities tried out ranked choice voting . The largest cities were Salt Lake City and Sandy.
”They understood how to rank.
“There were five in my election. I would say it made it exciting,” said Council member Darin Mano, who was a candidate for City Council District 5 in the last ranked choice election. “We didn’t know what to expect until we got into Election Day.”
The North Carolina-based Ranked Choice Voting Resource Center recently visited Salt Lake City to talk to election officials and voters about what they liked and didn’t like with ranked choice voting elections. The center’s policy director, Chris Hughes, said overall the feedback was positive.
“Voters liked using ranked choice voting. They understood how to rank. They liked how the elections happened. They liked how campaigns were run. They were happy with the results,” Hughes told FOX 13 News.