This video is one of a whole set of videos posted by the YouTube user "SJVoter". The videos grossly exaggerate the few disadvantages that ranked choice voting has, while at the same time ignoring the enormous advantages it has over the current methods. A side-by-side comparison of ranked choice voting with the current methods, reveals that ranked choice voting is hands-down the winner, no doubt whatsoever. Below is the response I posted at "Voting Matters Blog" regarding this video:
It would take a long time to address all of the fallacies and misleading statements in this video, so I will briefly touch upon only a few points:
The voting example in this video doesn't make any sense. How would Sam be able to convince 28% (10 out of 35) of the Manny voters to switch from ranking him (Sam) LAST to suddenly ranking him (Sam) FIRST? Even more bizarre, assuming Sam could somehow achieve such a feat, then why would every single other Manny voter still rank him dead LAST?
Somehow Sam can convince a number of voters to change their ranking of him from 3rd to 1st, but he can't convince a single person to change their ranking of him from 3rd to 2nd?!?!
Sam didn't lose because "he got more support" as stated in the video, Sam lost because (1) he didn't have a majority of first-choice votes, and (2) he was so unpopular that he couldn't get a single 2nd-choice vote from any of the Manny voters.
This example is a ridiculously contrived situation which would never exist in reality. If ALL of the Sam voters prefer Manny as a 2nd-choice, then why is it that ZERO Manny voters prefer Sam as a 2nd-choice? If ALL of the Manny voters prefer Joel as a 2nd-choice, then why is it that ZERO Joel voters prefer Manny as a 2nd-choice? If ALL of the Joel voters prefer Sam as a 2nd-choice, then why is it that ZERO Sam voters prefer Joel as a 2nd-choice?
As a side note, I would encourage Lea Terhune to do some research before making wild, uninformed allegations about FairVote. They are actually a highly reputable organization that has always been open about their involvement in elections and campaigns.