What is Instant Runoff Voting (IRV)?
  • IRV ballots are used only in primaries.
  • All UOCAVA voters receive an IRV ballot with their primary ballot.
  • IRV ballots allow UOCAVA voters to rank the primary candidates and serves as the voter’s ballot in the event of a runoff.
  • The highest ranked candidate of the two remaining will receive the voter’s vote in the runoff.
  • IRV ballots feature only those offices with three or more candidates.  There is no chance for a runoff in offices with only two candidates.
  • A candidate must receive more than 50% of the vote to win a primary.  If no candidate receives more than 50% of the vote, a runoff is held two weeks later between the top two candidates.  Two weeks may not be enough time for UOCAVA voters to receive and return a traditional absentee ballot.  IRV is designed to solve this problem.

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1. Who is covered?
2. How do I become a UOCAVA voter?
3. How can I check my UOCAVA status? How long will my status last?
4. What is the easiest way to vote as a UOCAVA voter?
5. What is the voter registration deadline?
6. What is the deadline to return my absentee application?
7. How do I get my ballot?
8. How do I return my ballot?
9. What is the deadline to return my ballot?
10. How do I know if my ballot has been sent or received?
11. How do I know if my UOCAVA ballot was counted?
12. Ballots aren't available, but I need to vote now. What do I do?
13. What is Instant Runoff Voting (IRV)?