Posted by Molly Rockett on April 04, 2016
At the 2016 Annual Meeting of Shareholders, Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz condemned the rising polarization and dysfunction that has gripped politics over the past few years and called for greater civility and optimism in national discourse. Starbucks subsequently sponsored a two-page advertisement in both The New York Times and The Wall Street Journal calling for better choices to be made in terms of rejecting vitriolic dialog. To truly combat negative campaigning and ensure that all americans experience a campaign season focused on policies instead of personal attacks, we need ranked choice voting. Candidates running in cities that already use ranked choice voting have greater incentive to reach out to the middle, speak to a broader audience and focus on civil discourse, and voters living in these cities correspondingly perceive less negative campaigning.