Letter: Vote yes on Question 5 for ranked choice voting

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In recent elections we have elected candidates who failed to have the support of the majority of voters because there were more than two candidates running for the position. There is now a way to fix this.

On Nov. 8 we will have an opportunity to support ranked choice voting. We will be able to rank as many or as few candidates as we like for each elected office. Then, if more than two candidates are running, and no one gets a majority at first, our second choice candidates would be added to the totals until one candidate reaches a majority and wins the contest.

Question 5 on the statewide ballot is led by the League of Women Voters of Maine and has attracted widespread support. It would give more power to us to select the leaders we want in Augusta.

Mac Passano
Chebeague Island

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  • Chew H Bird

    “In recent elections we have elected candidates who failed to have the support of the majority of voters because there were more than two candidates running for the position.”

    Actually this is an assumption… The real reason people are elected with less than 50% of the vote is because less than 50% of the voters did not vote for that person. What is worse, (in my opinion), is when a minority of voters participate by exercising their voting rights. When that occurs, we elect people with a minority vote regardless of the candidate vote percentages. Ranked choice voting is straw man argument at best and at worst promises to elect lower choice candidates who are incapable if winning a winner take all election (which should be, and until recently has been, a qualification for elected office).