The Times Record endorses ranked choice voting:
"Some day soon, you may go into a voting booth and be asked to vote for a first choice and second choice candidate, rather than a single one as you do now.
If no one wins the majority of votes — that is, 50 percent plus one — the candidate with the fewest votes is eliminated and his or her voters have their “second choice” votes added to the top two’s tallies. When those votes are added, the winner is the one who got the most first and second choice votes.
We shouldn’t have an election when a huge percentage of people vote for a candidate they don’t think is the best one because they are afraid of the worst one getting in. Independents and third parties should have an equal shot at governance — goodness knows the two major parties haven’t done so well over the last decade or so.
To the extent that ranked choice is a way to do that, we say, let’s give it our best shot.
Ranked choice may bring in candidates who don’t fit neatly into the major parties’ pigeonholes. Greens, Libertarians, and other parties that vote with the major parties out of necessity may find a new voice and a new purpose. Having these voices speak without the muffle of a national party will improve the conversation for all of us.
Independents, unfettered by party platforms, should be able to compete without party influence and party money.
Ranked choice may not be such an important issue everywhere, especially in states where people do think of themselves as partisans. But Maine has been fiercely independent, and has elected independent governors in the past. One of them is an independent senator today.
We think it’s an idea whose time has come. Please sign petitions for ranked choice if you see them, and encourage your legislators to deal with whatever constitutional constraints might prevent it from becoming law."