We believe it will reduce negative campaigning (...) because candidates will need to appeal to a broader range of voters for first- and second-choice rankings to build a majority of support.
Ranked-choice voting also helps create a richer and, hopefully, more civil dialogue on the issues and increases the diversity of views available for voters to consider by allowing candidates from outside the two major parties to compete.
—League of Women Voters of Maine
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by Rob Richie
We've updated our popular vote totals for all the Democratic and Republican presidential nomination contests in 2016. The overall story remains the same - strong popular vote leads for Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton, and more than 640,000 votes cast for candidates after they withdrew - but there are lessons to learn from breaking out vote totals in caucuses and primaries,Read More
by Rob Richie
Ohio governor John Kasich spoke in favor of independent redistricting this week. With Ohio Republican legislative leaders cool to the idea, Kasich should talk with Maryland governor Larry Hogan, who yesterday expressed interest in negotiating an interstate compact with other states in order to create a plan that is both fair overall and fair to all voters.Read More
The Baltimore City Council gave initial approval to a charter amendment to change the council from 14 single-winner districts to 7 two winner districts. We hope the council will include ranked choice voting and districts with three or more representatives.Read More