Letter: "Ranked Choice Voting"

Rockland Free Press

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A few weeks ago, I received an invitation to a pizza party to be held on March 24, sent by The Committee for Ranked Choice Voting. 

Having been frustrated and fearful of throwing away my vote or splitting it in the last two elections, I thought it sounded a good idea and sent a contribution. I received further information and details as to how it would work. 

This is not a new idea, legislation was introduced in Maine in 2001 and the League of Women Voters of Maine began a study of the possibility in 2008. The result is the current proposal to adopt rank choice voting in Maine for the Federal and State elections. It would only be used if there were three or more candidates. 

Voters would rank their choices based on individual preference. If no candidate receives a majority of votes cast, the one with the least number of votes is eliminated and their votes are reassigned to their second choices and the ballots are tallied again. With three candidates there would now be a winner with a majority. 

This is the most cost-effective solution to ensure majority rule and it would still be over in one day.

Ranked Choice Voting is being used in many places in the United States including Portland, Maine.

I cannot think of any situation where this would not work or be too complicated to function, we make ranked choices every day of our lives. 

Gillian Creelman, Vinalhaven

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