I am writing in support of a citizen initiative for "ranked choice voting" in Maine. This may be a new idea for some readers. Ranked choice voting would be used when there are more than two candidates for any of the following: Maine Governor, Maine Senator, Maine Representative, U.S. Senator, or U.S. Representative.
Voting this way would be easy. Voters would rank candidates as first, second or third choice. If any candidate receives a majority of first choice votes, he or she is elected. If no candidate receives a majority, the candidate with the fewest first choice votes is eliminated, and the other two candidates receive their second choice votes added to their total. The winner will have the most votes, of course.
Ranked choice voting eliminates the possibility of two popular candidates splitting the vote and resulting in the least popular candidate being elected. Hopefully it would also reduce negative campaigns that often alienate voters and might cause a candidate to receive more third choice votes.
More information is available at www.fairvotemaine.org.