Letter: Ranked Choice Voting makes sense

The Journal Tribune

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We are writing in support of Ranked Choice Voting, Question 5 on the November ballot, a simple common-sense reform to our voting system that puts power back in the hands of voters to restore majority rule and give voters more voice in our democracy.

In nine of the last 11 races for Maine’s governor, candidates were elected by less than half of voters. In five of these races, candidates were elected by less than 40 percent of voters. In a representative democracy, our leaders should be elected by more than half of us, so they represent the people and are accountable to us, not narrow political factions.

Ranked Choice Voting gives voters more voice and more choice in elections. If your favorite candidate can’t win, your vote is instantly counted for your second choice, so you never feel like your vote is wasted. With Ranked Choice Voting, you never have to vote for the lesser of two evils when there is another candidate you really like.

73,000 Republicans, Democrats, Independents, Greens and Libertarians across Maine signed petitions circulated by 900 volunteers to place this nonpartisan initiative on the November ballot. Please talk to friends and family about what Ranked Choice Voting is and why it matters.

We encourage readers to learn more about this movement at YesOn5.me, and join us in voting “Yes” on Question 5 on Nov. 8.

Mary Johnson
Bill Johnson

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