Alternative Vote

How It Works:

  • There are 19 electoral districts, each of which elect only one candidate.

How You Vote:

  • You rank the candidates in your district by preference.
  • The candidate with a majority of votes wins.

What If There Is No Majority Winner:

  • If no candidate receives a majority of first-rank votes after the first round of voting, the candidate with the lowest number of first-rank votes is eliminated.
  • The second-rank votes from the eliminated candidate are allocated to the remaining candidates.
  • This continues until a candidate receives a majority of votes.

What Should I Consider:

  • Electoral districts have direct, local representation - the candidates they vote for live in their district.
  • Candidates ultimately win a majority of votes, however, a candidate could win without the highest number of 1st-choice votes, meaning that candidates and parties may disproportionately represent the desires of their constituency.
    • Example: After the first round of voting, Candidate A has 250 votes, Candidate B has 400 votes, and Candidate C has 350 votes. 
    • Candidate A is eliminated and the 2nd-choice votes are allocated to candidates B and C. 
    • After the second round, Candidate B has 450 votes and Candidate C has 550 votes.
    • Candidate C wins with a majority of votes, but not a majority of first-choice votes.


For more information on the electoral system options for Yukon, please see the report prepared by Keith Archer.


Special Committee on Electoral Reform