Letter: Ranked Choice Voting is a win for Mainers

Seacoast

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To the Editor: 

Come November, in addition to electing public office holders, Maine voters will be asked whether Ranked Choice Voting (RCV) should be used in future elections. The intention behind RCV is for Maine elections to better reflect the will of the voting majority. Additional benefits include elimination of "spoilers," discouraging "strategic voting" and avoiding tie breaker runoffs. RCV is designed for multiple candidate elections and will ensure elected officials having the support of and are responsible to the will of the voter majority. RCV is endorsed by some 250 past and current elected officials, as well as 70,000-plus citizen petition signers.

While RCV ensures greater accountability to voters and eliminates some of the limitations in current voting procedures, not all legislators in Augusta are supportive. Partisan attempts are being made to blunt public enthusiasm with disinformation intended to confuse and intimidate voters.

The facts are RCV enjoys broad usage for decision making in government, private agencies and corporations worldwide. Public acceptance has been uniformly positive. When initiated in the 2011 Portland, Maine mayoral election, exit polls revealed over 94 percent voter agreement that voting instruction and ballot design was "easy to understand and follow." Concern over whether RCV meets constitutional muster has been allayed by legal opinions from a University of Maine Law School professor and four separate Maine law firms, all agreeing that RCV satisfies the "plurality provision" of the Maine Constitution in that, "a majority is always a plurality."

Ranked Choice Voting is a win for Mainers by ensuring election outcomes that reflect the will of the voting majority. This is in sharp contrast with election results over the past 40 years, when nine of 11 governors took office with less than 50 percent voter approval.

Make your vote count with RVC.

Stanley Payson

Kittery Point

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