Letter: Yes on Question 5

Bangor Daily News

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Question 5 — to establish ranked-choice voting for federal and state elections — on this year’s statewide ballot is without a doubt the most important issue on which voters will vote.

There are many reasons why this is a good idea for Maine. First, in a state where independents make up 40 percent of the electorate and races with three or more candidates are the norm, this would finally create a level playing field for independent and third-party candidates. Second, this system would give voters more power to support their favorite candidates without having to settle for the lesser of two evils. And third, it would bring majority rule after 40 years during which nine our last 11 governors were elected without a majority vote.

Portland successfully took the lead on ranked-choice voting in 2011, using the system to elect their mayor that year. It’s been used by military voters in Alabama, Arkansas, Louisiana and South Carolina, and in Ireland to elect the president. In each of these cases, voters have responded favorably to the system.

If people believe that our system is broken, then I urge them to take a closer look at ranked-choice voting. It’s the way to go.

Eli Prescott

Portland

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