Jerry Davis, Dick Woodbury & Cathy Breen
ranked-choice voting restores majority rule. Elected candidates will be
more broadly representative of voters, and can serve with a credibility
and mandate that reflects this broader expression of support.
ranked-choice voting eliminates “spoiler” candidates. If a candidate
can’t win, then they are eliminated. They don’t “spoil” the result by
splitting votes with a like-minded opponent. It also means that voters
can vote for their preferred candidate without worrying that they might
help the candidate they like least.
• Third, by
avoiding spoiler candidates and strategic voting, ranked-choice voting
shifts the messaging of campaigns, the focus of the media and the public
evaluation of candidates back toward issues, vision, experience and
capabilities, and away from polling and viability.
ranked-choice voting encourages civil and respectful campaigns, as
avoid alienating their opponents’ supporters. Rather than
appealing to their most loyal supporters alone, a winning candidate
needs to appeal more broadly. They need to seek out second-choice
rankings from voters whose first choices may be somebody else.
PS: The current drive across the nation for ranked choice voting had its roots in the founding of Fair Vote (originally Center for Voting & Democracy) run by one of America's exceptional activist leaders, Rob Ritchie. The group was formed in your editor's Washington living room over 20 years ago.