Maine is conducting a referendum on “ranked choice voting” (RCV, see www.rcvmaine.com), a system similar in at least in spirit to how Cambridge conducts municipal elections. I realize this method of voting can be confusing for voters, but it really is one of the fairest ways to tally votes. It gives more candidates and parties a shot at being elected. I don’t think most politicians favor RCV, especially not incumbents, but that’s no reason not to have a discussion about it.
Will, what is your take?
Updated Response from Will, January 2017
After reflection, I have elected to cosponsor this legislation in the 2017-8 session. It raises a reasonable proposition that might improve our democracy.
Updated Response from Will, April 2018
Unfortunately, this bill has been placed in study and is not likely to passed in this session. However, I remain interested and hope that we can get it going next time around. Bold new ideas often take several sessions to get moving.