Letter: "Ranked Choice Voting improves democracy"

Bangor Daily News

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Ranked-choice voting offers an opportunity for those of us who have felt disenfranchised by the political status quo to take back the power the Constitution intended we should have all along. In five of the last 11 Maine gubernatorial races the winners took less than 40 percent of the votes cast and those governors, whether they felt constrained or not, were really only accountable to the minority that elected them. 

Had we been using ranked-choice voting, voters who wanted Eliot Cutler as governor, as I did, and picked Michael Michaud as their second choice would have had their Cutler votes added to Michaud’s total. If everyone who voted for Cutler had chosen Michaud as their second choice, Michaud would have won the election 316,000 to LePage’s 295,000.

Finally, under the provisions of ranked-choice voting, each candidate will be more interested in appealing to a broader spectrum of voters than might otherwise be the case, and contests will be more likely to focus on the issues we all care about than on character assassination.

 

Phil Crossman

Vinalhaven

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