Sunday, September 28, 2008

Ranked-choice system stems parties’ power

Below is a letter to the editor from the Tacoma News Tribune by Nathan Kellogg of Wauna.

"Ranked-choice elections are much better at electing politicians whom the highest number of voters support. Conversely, two-party elections, as evidenced in the current presidential campaign, do a pretty good job of polarizing the electorate and moving the process away from public policy issues and towards party innuendo, lies and sound bites.

State government financing of primary elections that largely serve the two major parties is wrong. Let the parties sort out whom they would like to advance on their own. The fact that our ranked-choice elections are also a step away from the party primaries is another big plus for me."

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