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Most Republicans use ranked choice

Megan Bachelder :: Kennebec Journal and Morning Sentinel
There was an interesting piece of information in the results from the ranked-choice voting of the 2nd Congressional District Republican primary. After the first round, Dale Crafts was...



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There was an interesting piece of information in the results from the ranked-choice voting of the 2nd Congressional District Republican primary. After the first round, Dale Crafts was in first place with just below 50%, Adrienne Bennett was second, and Eric Brakey third. Based on the ranked-choice voting statute, votes for Brakey (in last place) were distributed between Crafts and Bennett where a second choice was indicated.

Well, it appears 34% of Brakey’s voters didn’t list a second choice. But surprise, 66% of Brakey’s hard-core libertarian-leaning conservative Republican voters availed themselves of the opportunity to list a second choice. And, you know, I’ll bet a bunch of those voters had even signed the petition to abolish ranked-choice voting by referendum.

Actually, it’s not surprising at all that even hard-core Republican voters would avail themselves of ranked-choice voting — it is just such a great idea, as they will conclude some day.

Ernie Hilton
Starks


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