I support ranked-choice voting, Question 5 on the November ballot, for three reasons.
One, I want to hear more substantive viewpoints from more candidates. I am tired of watching two major party candidates attack each other. I want candidates to talk respectfully about substantive issues. So-called “third party” candidates do that, yet most forums do not include their voices. Ranked-choice voting will help all voices be heard.
Two, I always vote and always want my vote to count. But sometimes I do not vote for my favorite candidate because that candidate is unlikely to win. Ranked-choice voting means I can vote my conscience without wasting my vote. It also means the candidate with the most support will win. When the vote is split three (or more ways), ranked-choice gives us a runoff without the expense of another election. What can be better than electing our representatives by a majority?
Three, the Democrats and the Republicans have let me (and all of us) down. Perhaps breaking their monopoly will remove the gridlock of the current political arrangement.
June D. Zellers