Letter: Support ranked-choice voting

Bangor Daily News

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I’m ready to pivot from intense focus on the national election. There’s much to be decided in state and local matters. It’s on us to walk into the voting booth well informed.

One referendum in particular seems like magic, but that’s always what common sense feels like. With ranked-choice voting, you’ll mark down your top choice, your second choice and so on. Each candidate has a weighted result on the end of the day. There are three big reasons I want ranked-choice voting for Maine.

First, ranked-choice voting puts our democracy back in the hands of voters, ensuring a majority. Out of the last 11 elections for governor, nine of them were elected with less than a majority of the vote. Also, we’ll get to voice our opinion through ranking candidates relative to each other, so our vote will say more.

Second, the magic doesn’t just happen in the ballot booth. Candidates have the chance to be your second choice, so they’ll tell you more about what they’re for, not what they’re against. It’ll be a fool’s errand to campaign negatively against opponents, as their target might be your No. 1 choice.

Third, there’s no such thing as a spoiler or a wasted vote. New people or parties outside of the norm won’t be seen as an unwelcome guests crashing a party. I’m proud of Maine’s independent streak, and this referendum ensures fresh ideas are heard.

I want ranked-choice voting.

Anne Bryant


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