During next month’s unassembled convention, Virginia Republicans have a unique opportunity to use the ranked choice voting method to select our nominees for statewide office. Introduced last year in several congressional districts and in the party chair contest, This system, which is sometimes referred to as an instant runoff, will be familiar to anyone who has participated in one of our party’s traditional, in-person conventions, albeit without the hours of sitting around and waiting for subsequent rounds of voting.
The goal of a nominating contest is to select the most conservative candidate who can win the general election. That starts with choosing a candidate who earns broad consensus within the GOP. This year’s unassembled convention combines the best of both worlds by facilitating the nomination of a consensus candidate through an instant runoff and broader access than a traditional convention.