Greens enter Portland, Maine’s first mayoral race; hope for boost from IRV

From the Portland Daily Sun:

Portland this year embarks on an elected-mayor campaign that replaces a council-appointed mayor with one elected to an at-large seat. Through a city charter change, voters also will choose their next mayor through rank choice voting, where if any candidate falls short of a majority, then the “second choice” votes come into play in the tabulation.

MacMillan is working on the mayoral campaign for Portland’s David Marshall, an incumbent city councilor and Green Party member seeking the elected-mayor office. Another Maine Green Party member, former state legislator John Eder of Portland, announced in February his candidacy for the Mayor of Portland.

Green Party members said rank choice allows people to vote their conscience instead of feeling they’re casting a vote on a potential “spoiler” who could drain votes away from one of the two major parties.

One thought on “Greens enter Portland, Maine’s first mayoral race; hope for boost from IRV

  1. Dale Sheldon-Hess

    Let me get back on my dead horse here…. ah, comfy. Okay.

    IRV doesn’t help minor parties win elections.

    Yeah, if you’ve got a tiny little fringe party, IRV puts your votes back with the “proper” major party, but if you actually grow large enough to present a real challenge, you once again become a spoiler. And so, once again, voters will have to make the choice between spoiling the election by voting with their conscience, or voting tactically to keep out the “lesser of two evils”. Based on history, you should already know what choice they will make in that situation.

    The only truly spoiler-free voting methods are approval voting and range voting.

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