Bangor Daily News
I am writing to support ranked-choice voting, which will appear on this November’s ballot. Under the current system, the winning candidate often is elected by less than half of the voters. In some states, it is required that if no candidate receives more than 50 percent of the vote, then a runoff election is required for the two candidates receiving the highest number of votes.
Using ranked-choice voting, the time and expense of a second election is avoided with the same outcome. This system gives the power of the vote to the majority and avoids wasted votes.
If no candidate receives a majority of the vote, then the candidate receiving the least number of votes is eliminated. With those voters first choice eliminated, their votes go to the candidate they ranked as their second choice. If this does not produce a candidate with a majority of the vote, then the process is repeated until one of the candidates has a majority.
Robert D. Witherill