To the Editor:
In November 2016 Maine voters will have an opportunity to transform the nature of Maine elections by supporting “ranked choice voting.” Ranked choice voting gives voters an opportunity to rank candidates in a particular race in order of preference. If the voter’s first choice does not receive majority support, their vote is transferred to their second choice restoring majority rule to our elections.
Over the past 40 years, Maine Democrats, Republicans and Independents have scored uninspiring victories as “minority winners,” and voters have become reluctant to vote for their candidate of choice for fear of what’s become known as the “spoiler effect.”
Ranked choice voting would streamline the process of multi-candidate races, end the era of minority winners and require candidates from both parties to appeal to a broader base of support in order to win elections.
Ranked choice voting is a reform that should command strong, bipartisan support and I urge fellow Maine voters to support ranked choice voting when it goes on the ballot in November.