Ranked-choice voting allows for more choice

John Hondrogen :: Daily Hampshire Gazette

Our political system today is tearing us apart and preventing us from working together to find solutions to major challenges. The system lets big money and corrupt special interests have too much control over our democracy. It allows politicians to win with less than a majority of support and shuts out independent voices. And it is a system that limits our choice by forcing voters to choose between the “lesser of two evils.”

Ranked-choice voting is a simple, fair and easy way to help fix these problems by giving you more voice. With ranked-choice voting, you can choose one candidate, like you always have, or rank the candidates for office in the order you prefer them, as many or as few as you like. If your favorite candidate can’t win, your vote counts instantly for your second choice, so candidates must compete for every vote.

This simple change will ensure that the winner has the support of the broadest majority of voters. It gives voters more choice by letting them pick the candidate with the best ideas, not the biggest bank account. And it opens up the process to diverse voices by giving all candidates a chance to compete and win.

Ranked-choice voting will empower voters at this critical time in our democracy. For more information, visit

John Hondrogen


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