Letter: Ranked-choice voting restores majority rule

The Bangor Daily News

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In elections where there are more than two candidates, a common occurrence in Maine, it’s possible for a candidate to be elected without being the majority winner. The winner simply has to have the most votes. This is problematic. In the last 40 years, only two of the 11 elected governors have won by a majority vote. That means that for 32 of the last 40 years, Maine has had a governor for whom the majority of the voters didn’t vote.

The fact that ranked-choice voting restores majority rule represents just one reason why I support it. Compared with other alternative voting options, ranked-choice voting is the most cost-effective and efficient method to achieve majority rule through the use of an instant-runoff counting process. Furthermore, with ranked-choice voting, voters no longer need to feel like they have to support a strategic choice because the candidate they really want can’t win.

I encourage all Maine voters to learn more about ranked-choice voting and how it can restore the voice and the power of the people.

Ashleigh Briggs

Bangor

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