Letter: "Two-party system"

Bangor Daily News

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Many younger voters feel disenfranchised by the stranglehold of the two-party system. How can we inspire the youth vote? I believe the answer is simple: We need to instill confidence in the way we elect our leaders. Fortunately, the implementation of ranked choice voting is a step in the right direction.

The implementation of ranked choice voting would vastly expand the marketplace of ideas and solutions to Maine’s most pressing problems. With a larger forum, the reign and responsibilities of the two parties would be held in check. Instead of traditional horse-race politics, politicians would be forced to acknowledge real, complex public policy concerns and demonstrate their plan and competence to answer the call with meaningful reforms.

Voters and politicos alike admirably decry politics as usual, but they misunderstand the nature of the problem. If we truly care about the issues, if we truly care about fast-tracking progress in Maine, then we will enact electoral reform in November 2016.

Can we, as younger voters, reignite faith in the democratic process? Yes. Join me in supporting the campaign for ranked choice voting. The mayoral race in Portland has already demonstrated its efficacy. Now, it’s time to implement this reform on the state and federal level.

Jeremy Ashlock

Old Town

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