Ranked Choice Voting


Instant Runoff Voting (IRV) is a majoritarian voting method - over 50% of participating voters elect the winner. In the event one candidate does not receive 50% plus one vote to win, IRV simulates a series of runoff elections. If a majority of votes is not received in a given round, the candidate with the least number of votes is disqualified, and ballots for that candidate are redistributed to the voters’ next choice candidates. 


Telluride voters, in 2008, approved “A Citizen Initiated Ordinance Calling For The Use Of Instant Runoff Voting (IRV) To Be Implemented For The Office Of Mayor,” and directed the Town Clerk to implement instant runoff voting procedures for the election of Mayor for the next three Mayoral Elections. The 2019 Municipal Election is the last year that IRV will be implemented in Telluride as it is the third Mayoral election since the passage of the ordinance. 

Ranked Choice Voting Educational Video 

Watch the below video for more information on how Ranked Choice Voting works.   

IRV Video - Photo Opens in new window


The Mayoral Race will appear on a separate page of your ballot because the mayor is selected by Ranked Choice Voting.  Ranked voting, or instant runoff voting, means a method of casting and tabulating votes that allow electors to rank the candidates for an office in order of preference and uses these preferences to determine the winner of the election.

RCV Ballot

  1. Mark your 1st choice in the 1st column. To indicate a 2nd choice, select a different candidate in the 2nd column. To indicate a 3rd choice, select a different candidate in the 3rd column, etc.
  2. With a ball point pen, completely fill in the □ like this ■.
  3. Make only one choice per column, per row. Do not skip columns.
  4. You may rank as few candidates as you wish or as many as are allowed.

Ranked Choice Voting - Procedure Manuals

The following manuals were approved by the Telluride Town Council and Designated Election Official for use in the hand tabulation of mayoral votes: 

Instant Runoff Voting Procedures Manual 

Instant Runoff Voting Judges' Manual

  1. Tiffany Kavanaugh

    Town Clerk
    Phone: (970) 728-2157