Letter: "Ranked choice voting is the way to go"

Biddeford-Saco-OOB Courier

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To the editor:

I would like to express my support for the campaign to institute ranked choice voting for major political offices in Maine. We all know that Maine voters are often attracted to independent candidates that lead to elections where less than a majority of the voters elect the winning candidate. Ranked choice voting takes care of the two main problems of multi-candidate elections. It ensures that the eventual winner has the approval of a majority of the voters and provides a way for people to vote for their first choice – even if it looks as though that person has little chance of winning – and still have the ability to influence the election’s outcome by having their vote for a second or third choice count.

My immediate concern is that many folks will find this system confusing. But it really is quite simple. Portland has already adopted the system for its municipal elections and it worked successfully in its last election.

It will be politically difficult to get it done on the state level, so it is important for voters to sign the petitions that are being circulated to get the issue on a state referendum.

It can mean the end to major state and federal offices being filled by minority candidates.

Roderick Potter Saco

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