Ranked-choice voting is not a partisan issue. In races with three or more candidates, in our present voting system, both conservative and liberal voters are faced with the same dilemma: Do they vote for the candidate they most prefer, or do they vote against the candidate they dislike? Ranked-choice voting gives the voter a second vote, an “insurance vote,” in case their favorite candidate doesn’t get a 50-percent majority. This voting system would encourage each voter to vote for the candidate they most prefer, rather than merely voting against the candidate they dislike.

It is unfortunate that two of the more conservative writers in this paper’s commentary section, M.D. Harmon and Don Roberts, denounced ranked-choice voting. This is not a conservative vs. liberal issue. Who could be against a voting system that enables the more preferred candidate, in a three or more candidate race, to win — the one with enough first- and second-choice votes to gain a 50-percent majority?

Charles L. Hudson


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