Letter: "A Definite Majority"

Bangor Daily News

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According to former presidential nominee and Republican U.S. Sen. John McCain, “Instant-runoff voting will lead to good government because voters will elect leaders who have the support of a majority. Elected leaders will be more likely to listen to all, and cities will be able to enjoy big tax savings and keep majority rule.”

McCain is right, and we will have a great opportunity to bring this positive nonpartisan reform to Maine statewide by referendum next year.

Also known as ranked-choice voting, it’s a very easy process for multi-candidate races where voters simply mark their ballots by order of preference, if they wish. If a candidate gets a majority on the first count, it’s over. If not, lowest-receiving candidates are eliminated with their votes going to the next choice until one candidate scores a majority. Simple.

Ranked-choice voting expands democracy because winners will have a definite majority. It eliminates spoilers, and campaigns will be more civil because candidates will have to message to a broader voter base. Ranked-choice voting is used in elections in other nations, such as Australia, New Zealand, Ireland and India. It is used in the U.S. in cities such as San Francisco, Oakland and Minneapolis. And it is already used in Portland to elect its mayor.

Ron Bilancia


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