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Opinion: Include ranked choice voting when reforming elections in Colorado

Opinion: Include ranked choice voting when reforming elections in Colorado

In a response to an editorial in the Ft. Collins Coloradoan, Loveland, Colo. resident Dawn Cyr argues that instant runoff voting (also know at ranked choice voting or RCV) should be part of electoral reform to alter the current “winner-take-all” method of voting counting in The Centennial State:

"We’re sick of feeling like we’re not voting for a candidate we support but against a candidate we dislike. Our current system fosters an environment of division in which candidates can win elections even when they do not have the support of the majority of voters, and voters end up feeling that their votes don’t count.

We can find a better way. Many viable alternatives to the current system and the Electoral College have been proposed. One is instant-runoff voting (IRV) — also known as ranked choice voting or preferential voting..."

Cyr notes support from the Larimer County League of Women Voters on the issue and and lists several benefits likes maximum voter participation, candidates winning with a majority of support from voters and positive, issue-based campaigning.

To read the full opinion piece, click here.

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