Letter: Support ranked-choice voting

Bangor Daily News

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As voters, we tend to assume that whoever is elected represents the majority of citizens. After all, they won. We assume that as voters, our voices are always heard and not overpowered by the limitations of the system. Yet, that is not always the case. Our current system of voting in Maine has failed to represent the will of the majority on numerous occasions, which is why I support ranked-choice voting.

Unfortunately, the truth is that the Maine people have not been adequately represented by our current system. In nine of the last 11 races for governor, the winner received less than a majority of the vote. In some cases, candidates have won with as little as 35 percent of the vote.

Ranked-choice voting offers a solution as voters are given the power to rank candidates running for an office in order of their preference. This allows voters the freedom to express their voice without fear of splitting the vote. Moreover, this forces the candidates to interact with all constituents, not just the handful they need to win. In this way, Mainers can ensure their voices are being heard as a majority consensus is reached.

This system has already proved successful in Portland and only needs the chance to prove successful across the state. Support this movement by voting yes on Question 5 on the ballot this November.

Samantha Schildroth


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