Tag Archives: ranked choice voting

GOP Maine governor says he ‘probably’ won’t certify results of ranked-choice primary election

From The Hill:

The Republican governor of Maine is saying he may not certify the results of the state’s primary elections on Tuesday.

Gov. Paul LePage (R) said he may decide against certifying the results because of an objection to the state’s new ranked-choice system, where voters submit a ballot that ranks votes for candidates in order of preference, according to WCSH-TV.… Read more ...

Maine’s top court clears way for ranked-choice voting in June

In this Thursday, April 12, 2018, photo, Justice Andrew M. Mead, third from right, asks a question during a hearing in the Maine Supreme Judicial Court on whether ranked-choice voting can be used in Maine's June 12th primary, in Portland, Maine.  The system lets voters to rank candidates on the ballot in order of preference. (AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty)

Bangor Daily News:

AUGUSTA, Maine — Ranked-choice voting will be used in Maine’s June primary elections, the state’s high court ruled on Tuesday in a massive win for supporters of the first-in-the-nation system that has faced constitutional scrutiny and run a political gauntlet in the Legislature.

The decision from the Maine Supreme Judicial Court allows Secretary of State Matt Dunlap to continue implementing the system for gubernatorial and congressional primaries just before his office needs to finalize state ballots for printing to go to overseas voters later this month.… Read more ...

Fuzzy Math in Tony Hall’s Path To San Francisco Mayor

San Francisco is famous for its left-wing politics. So how does a Tony Hall, a moderate/conservative/libertarianish candidate eke out a win in the city’s mayoral contest?

Many races in San Francisco become pitched battles between moderates and progressives, sometimes contributing to a theme of ‘establishment’ versus insurgent. Hall seems to be angling primarily for insurgent status, creating a David versus Goliath situation to rally voters to his cause.… Read more ...

Mass: Independent Candidate for Sec. of State Calls for Ranked Choice Voting

From the Milford Daily News via TPID:

Independent candidate for Secretary of State Jim Henderson today said he would be in favor of implementing ranked choice voting in Massachusetts. Also known as instant runoff voting, the method involves asking voters to rank candidates on the ballot instead of choosing just one.… Read more ...

Do Voters Ever Think About The Voting System?

Eric Black has an interesting article about a recent poll on the Minnesota gubernatorial race. The whole thing is worth a read, but here are some relevant excerpts.

The poll, taken by St. Cloud State University (SCSU) and partially sponsored by MinnPost, suggests that if the election was conducted (as it will be) by the traditional plurality-vote-wins system, Dayton leads among likely voters as follows:

Dayton: 40 percent
Emmer: 30 percent
Horner: 19 percent
Other, don’t know, refused: 11 percent

The findings are probably good news for Horner.… Read more ...

Green for Mass gov. Jill Stein publishes op-ed in the Boston Globe

Much of the piece is devoted to the “spoiler” issue.  Read the full thing here.  H/T to Third Party and Independent Daily.

If they were sincerely concerned about preventing any “spoiling’’ of elections, the Massachusetts Democrats could simply pass Ranked Choice Voting. But that’s been sitting in the Legislature untouched for 10 years.

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Tom Tancredo: The Reason To Adopt Ranked Choice Voting?

With the entrance of Tom Tancredo into the Colorado gubernatorial race as the Constitution Party candidate, pundits have suddenly turned their attention to potential solutions to “vote-splitting”. We recently reported about the preferred solution for Colorado LP candidate Jaimes Brown. However, Eric Fried, the Secretary of the Colorado Green Party suggest a different reform:

How does ranked choice voting work?

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Jesse Ventura on Bill Maher: ‘I refuse to vote Democrat or Republican’

Last night former Independence Party Governor of Minnesota Jesse Ventura made an appearance on Bill Maher’s show Real Time, which airs on HBO.  They talked about many topics, including Ventura’s refusal to support the two party system, electing independents, and “alternative voting,” which is more commonly known as instant runoff voting or ranked choice voting (they described it somewhat inaccurately, so go here for more info).… Read more ...