Posted by Maya Efrati on November 08, 2016
With the polls closing just minutes ago, it is clear that the Senate will keep yet another supporter of ranked choice voting on its member rolls. Senator John McCain (R-Arizona), who has maintained a strong lead over challenger Congresswoman Ann Kirkpatrick (D-Arizona) in the final few months of this election, confirmed his victory by a clear margin.
Sen. McCain has long been known as a maverick – a senator who was willing to buck the pressures of his party in order to promote policies he felt were best for his constituents. So it should not be very surprising that he has been a longtime supporter of ranked choice voting (RCV). Sen. McCain has noted that ranked choice voting is the better choice because it “will lead to good government because voters will elect leaders who have the support of a majority. Elected leaders will be more likely to listen to all.” He even took the additional step of actively recording his endorsement for a campaign to adopt ranked choice voting in Alaska.
Moreover, ranked choice voting is an issue that crosses party lines at the highest levels. For the first time in eight years, the American people have voted today for President in a race where neither candidate is the incumbent. The last time this happened, in 2008, both candidates - President Barack Obama and Senator John McCain – were supporters of RCV. FairVote is hopeful that our next President will be willing to support the electoral frameworks and structures which will give the American people the most representative democracy possible.
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