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Writers at Conservative- and Liberal-Leaning Publications Support RCV

Writers at Conservative- and Liberal-Leaning Publications Support RCV

In “Making Sense of the Iowa Debacle,” Michael Brendan Dougherty writes for the conservative-leaning National Review that instant-runoff voting (also known as ranked choice voting) emerged from the Iowa caucuses as a process-winner. He writes that RCV could still fulfill the traditional role of the caucuses — “winnowing a large field, building consensus, and granting momentum to emerging front-runners” — while avoiding the messiness associated with the 2020 in-person caucuses.

In America magazine, a Jesuit Review publication that the Washington Post deemed “a favorite of Catholic liberal intellectuals,” Robert David Sullivan writes that RCV is a “simpler way” to “reach a broad consensus” than Iowa’s “convoluted rules” for in-person caucuses. America editor Rev. Matt Malone disputed the Washington Post’s characterization of the magazine as “liberal,” but what is beyond dispute is that RCV continues to gain widespread approval from nonpartisan and ideologically diverse publications and leaders across the country.

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