Saturday, October 25, 2008

Ranked choice voting improves voters’ say in outcomes

Below is an excerpt from an oped article by Richard Anderson-Connolly and Kelly Haughton in the Tacoma News Tribune.

"Pierce County voters are participating in record numbers in a historic ranked choice voting (RCV) election with more choices and more security than any previous election.

RCV is simply better than the top two, the system used for statewide offices. It’s more efficient, more democratic and more secure. (For a description of RCV, see The News Tribune’s front-page article Oct. 12 or visit the auditor’s Web page.)

RCV produces a majority winner in one election, not two. Top two is just another term for a two-round runoff. The primary election reduces the choices, and the second picks the winner."

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