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.
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.
“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