Majority vs. Plurality Vote – Why is There a Runoff Election on June 10?

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Collin County Joint General and Special Runoff Election

On June 10, 2023, we will have a Joint General and Special Runoff Election in Frisco. One of the local races on the ballot for Collin County voters will be for Collin College Board of Trustees, Places 2 and 3. If it seems like runoff elections are becoming more common, that is due to the increased participation of candidates in local elections, including school districts, college districts, City Council and Mayoral races.

What Causes a Runoff Election?

Just like our recent municipal general election, the Collin College Trustees election is a majority system vote. For a candidate to earn a majority of the total votes, they must be at 50% plus one vote. This differs from a plurality election system where the candidate with simply the most votes amongst all candidates, will win the election. In plurality systems, the winner is not required to achieve 50% of the votes, only the highest number of total votes. This system is also called “first-past-the-post” or “winner-take-all”. The plurality voting system is actually the most commonly used in the United States.

How do I Vote in the Runoff Election?

For the Collin College Board of Trustees runoff election, if you’re already registered to vote in Collin County and your registration is currently valid, there is nothing else required to vote in a runoff election. Even if you didn’t vote in the previous election that has resulted in a runoff, you can vote in the runoff. For the June 10, 2023 runoff election, the last day to register to vote is today, May 11, 2023. (For registration information, click here.)

For those that vote by mail, the last day to submit an application for Ballot by Mail is Tuesday, May 30, 2023. The sample ballot for Collin County is coming soon and can be found here, along with additional runoff election information.

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In order to fulfill the Chamber’s mission statement “to protect and promote commerce,” the Frisco Chamber of Commerce Government Relations division, along with the Board of Directors, takes a strong and proactive stance on governmental issues. Our Government Relations mission is to inform, educate, engage, and advocate for the business community regarding relevant public policy.

If you have an advocacy question or concern, please send us a message and we will be happy to assist you in finding a solution.

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