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?
After reflection, I have elected to cosponsor this legislation in the 2017-8 session. It raises a reasonable proposition that might improve our democracy.
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.
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