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 Austin Plier
Several county clerks are planning on letting eligible 17-year-olds vote in the upcoming June presidential primaries, despite some confusion about when the recently passed law goes into effect. Scott Krahling, Doña Ana County’s chief deputy clerk stated, “We can and should allow these people to vote in the primary, and we’re excited to welcome them.”Read More
by Austin Plier
Judith Browne Dianis, co-director of the Advancement Project, writes in support of a Constitutional Right to Vote in a piece called "Do Voters of Color Have a Right to Vote in the 2016?"Read More
In our Primary Focus series, we have highlighted ranked choice voting as a reform that could incentivize more civil campaigning, especially in fractured fields of more than two candidates. Our report on civil campaigning finds that voters living in cities where ranked choice voting is used perceive less negative campaigning and were more satisfied with the campaigning they did experience.Read More