Bangor Daily News
Maine has a long history of encouraging independent and third-party participation in our elections. We are willing to listen to alternate ideas that may not solely adhere to the party line. This is important because we listen to the message and messenger before forming an opinion about the candidates.
But when there are more than two candidates running for an office, it often feels risky to vote for the candidate of choice rather than one of the two more likely to be elected. The most recent example is the election and re-election of our governor with 38 percent and 48 percent of the votes, respectively. Regardless of how one feels about our governor, it seems less than ideal to elect someone who has not won 50 percent of the vote.
Ranked-choice voting will appear on the ballot this November. I encourage readers to learn how this will enhance the power of their vote and ensure that, when there are more than two candidates running for the same office, the one who wins that office has truly received at least 50 percent of the votes.
With this system in place, we will be able to support our favored candidates and not worry about splitting the vote and inadvertently helping elect our least favored candidate — the proverbial either/or scenario.