Ranked choice voting, also known as instant runoff voting, will not occur in next election

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An effort to get ranked choice voting, also known as instant runoff voting, back on the ballot failed Tuesday.

The process would allow voters to rank Memphis City Council candidates in order of preference when casting ballots, instead of choosing just one, removing the need for an expensive runoff election.

Some candidates who are challenging city council incumbents support the measure because the instant runoff system could work in their favor. They wanted a judge to decide on the issue before September so it could be on the ballot for the city election by October, but the request was denied, so there will be no ranked choice voting in the next election.

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