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Ranked-choice voting could make a difference

Letter to the editor :: Asbury Park Press

Thanks to this presidential election, I understand the Civil War better — at least how families could have family members on both sides of the conflict willing to kill each other over their point of view. I ask myself, “Don’t people raised in the same family share the same values? Or are we doomed to keep destroying families, and friendships over bipartisan polarization? Is there another way?”

I ask these things because I’m not sure my family will survive this election or the tensions it is creating. My parents are Republican and my brothers and I are Democrats. Dinner used to be a great time to talk and share news about our days together. Now political debates at the dinner table have turned into tense exchanges about politics, and who won the election.

I love my parents but hate the tension. Is there a solution? I think ranked-choice voting could make a difference. Ranked choice allows voters to rank candidates by preference. This means voters submit ballots that list not only their first-choice candidate for a position, but also their second, and third choices. With ranked-choice voting, a voter ranks candidates on a ballot from most favorite to least favorite. After all of the ballots are accumulated, the candidate that gains the most overall support wins the election. Voters no longer have to “Settle for Biden.” By facilitating diverse political input during the election, perhaps America will no longer just be red or blue and my family can enjoy mealtimes again.

Andrew Kim

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