Letter: Support ranked-choice voting

Bangor Daily News

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This November, Mainers will have the historic opportunity to bring positive change to the electoral process with ranked-choice voting, a system that will restore majority rule.

The current voting system and two-party arrangement has left our state more splintered and disillusioned with politics than ever before. This has been reflected in nine of the last 11 gubernatorial elections in which winners received well under 50 percent of the vote. If people believe we can hold our elected officials in Augusta and Washington more accountable by leveling the playing field for all candidates, then they must consider the benefits of election reform.

Reversing this trend is possible with ranked-choice voting. This method gives the voter more power by requiring an instant run-off should a leading candidate fail to receive 50 percent of the vote, thereby forcing candidates to seek support from a wider cross-section of voters.

This movement is building support among Republicans, Democrats, independents, Greens and Libertarians. I wholeheartedly urge my fellow Mainers to go to the polls on Nov. 8 in order to reconnect all voters and all voices to the political process.

Daniel Stuart Menz

Cape Elizabeth

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