In a May 15 editorial, The Washington Post made the case for ranked choice voting (RCV) in an upcoming eight-person Democratic primary for the Ward 2 seat on the D.C. City Council.
In the piece, titled, “If ever an election needed ranked-choice voting, it’s this one,” the Post’s editorial board points out that the crowded field could lead the way for controversial former city councilman Jack Evans to “squeak through with a simple plurality” if the other candidates split the vote. They call on D.C. lawmakers—and those in neighboring states—to consider RCV to remedy that problem and, in the long run, better represent the interests and voices of voters.
“As Ward 2 voters weigh their decision, there is the inevitable calculation being made. Do you vote for the candidate who you think will do the best job even if you are worried about his or her chances to win? Ranked-choice voting liberates voters from thinking they have to make that choice. It is an issue that lawmakers in Maryland and the District would do well to revisit.”
The Post is the latest large media publication to endorse RCV; the New York Times editorial board did so earlier this year. We are glad to see growing support for this simple, common-sense reform—and hope legislators across the country take note.