Bangor Daily News
There has been a lot of discussion about the November election, but I think one of the most important issues voters will face at the polls this year is the statewide referendum on ranked-choice voting. If passed, this system would be applied to federal and state primaries and general elections in Maine, beginning in the 2018 election cycle.
When we rank the people running for office, we vote with our hearts, without fear that we are throwing away our vote. This gives voters a way to come to compromise on the people who will lead us all, rather than forcing voters to play the game of voting “against” a particular candidate.
In a place such as Maine, with strong independent candidates, this makes sense. It gives people the freedom to speak up for the people they believe in, and it can bring new ideas and minds into the conversation. Without ranked-choice voting, voters play the game of trying to choose the most likely winner.
I want to vote with my heart, not my fears. Ranked-choice voting makes sense for me and for Maine.