Letter: "Ranked Choice"

Mount Desert Islander - Anne Funderburk, Seal Harbor

I had the pleasure of recently attending a community forum on ranked choice voting in Bar Harbor and was impressed to see how the excitement and momentum has grown for this movement.  I think it is incumbent on Mainers to step up and take their case for ranked choice voting directly to their fellow voters.

To the Editor:
 
I had the pleasure of recently attending a community forum on ranked choice voting in Bar Harbor and was impressed to see how the excitement and momentum has grown for this movement.  I think it is incumbent on Mainers to step up and take their case for ranked choice voting directly to their fellow voters. 
 
I think ranked choice voting would be a much needed improvement to our current system. When multiple candidates run for office, vote-splitting often occurs, meaning that no candidate will achieve a real majority of support.  Ranked choice voting resolves this problem and gives us a better way of expressing what the people really want.
 
Making this change in the way we vote will facilitate greater participation in the election process.  Ranked choice voting will ultimately return power to voters by giving them stronger voices and more power to ensure the election of majority-supported elected officials.
Anne Funderburk, Seal Harbor
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