A record two states and five cities have an opportunity to pass ranked choice voting (RCV) on November 3rd, with the state of Maine, Oregon’s Benton County and seven cities electing leaders with RCV. The final city to put RCV on the ballot this year was Boulder (CO), where the city council joined with local reformers to place a measure to move from having the council select the mayor to voters electing the mayor directly with ranked choice voting. The last city to make such a change was Maine’s largest city of Portland, which approved that change in 2010, held three mayoral elections with RCV in 2011-2019, and then expanded RCV for all its local elections with an 81% vote of the people last March.
Our Mayor, Our Choice is running the local campaign. Among its impressive endorsements is this one from the Boulder Daily Camera, which wrote in its editorial: “In multiple-candidate races, it stands to reason that most of us, if unable to get our first choice of candidates, would prefer to see our second or even third choice ahead of a candidate we consider to be truly undesirable. Ranked choice voting would make it easier for consensus candidates to win. It would reduce the likelihood of votes being divided among several popular but similar candidates.”