Following the city council’s decision to adopt ranked choice voting (RCV) for municipal elections, the Las Cruces Sun News endorsed the change, highlighting the new system’s protection of democratic values. Las Cruces joins Santa Fe in becoming the second city in New Mexico to adopt a better way for its citizens to vote.
While the change is still new, the Sun News is correct in its eagerness about bringing a more cost-effective, smarter and more representative electoral process to Las Cruces.
The publication recognized the positive experiences voters had with understanding and voting under the new system, ensuring a smooth transition. Among these is the ability of ranked choice voting to deter candidates from using mudslinging tactics to gain votes, instead encouraging a system where the focus is placed on constituents and the issues they care about.
The city’s first ranked choice election will be held in November, 2019, giving voters and the Sun News a lot to look forward to.
“We believe that ranked choice voting will lead to better elections,” writes the paper’s editorial board. “And that, ultimately, will produce better leaders for our city.”
It’s encouraging to see the editors at the Sun News embrace the electoral reform. They’re right. With ranked choice voting, an environment where more competitive races is fostered while saving the municipality the cost of an additional election in races where no candidate snags a majority of the vote. Let's hope other cities in New Mexico follow the lead of Santa Fe and Las Cruces and bring RCV to their municipal elections.