Maine Becomes First State in US to Pass Ranked Choice Voting | Boston Globe

Posted: November 13, 2016 in Uncategorized

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Hurray for Maine. At the moment 50% of the US electorate is “independent,” which means they have no voice at all. Both ranked choice voting and proportional representation (common everywhere except the US, UK and Canada) are an essential step in turning that around.

JoAnn Chateau

Amidst shock waves following the 2016 Election, take note of the huge win for Democracy in Maine, which was the first state to pass Rank Choice Voting.

Ranked Choice Voting in Maine

Maine Became the First State in the Country Tuesday to Pass Ranked Choice Voting

“Supporters [of Ranked Choice Voting] say this system solves a number of election problems faced across the nation…

First, they say it resolves the conundrum of strategic voting, in which residents worry that their ballot may have a “spoiler effect” if they cast it for a third-party candidate… There is also research that shows ranked choice voting results in more civil campaigns…

Nik DeCosta-Klipa, Boston Globe

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Comments
  1. Schlüter says:

    Highly interesting post! No doubt, the US election System Needs to be reformed!
    Regards

  2. Isn’t it? Here in New Zealand we have a mixed member proportional system nationally and use single transferable voting in many of our local elections. In New Plymouth, we use STV to select the health board that runs our health district and hospital.

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