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Will Virginia embrace ranked choice voting?

Joe Dashiell :: MSN

ROANOKE, Va. (WDBJ) - The Republican convention last weekend delivered a statewide ticket for the November election.

It also employed a new way of voting, that Virginians of both parties might just see again.

Delegates to the Republican Party’s unassembled convention voted for their favorite candidate in each race. But they also recorded their preference for second, third, fourth and on down the line.

It’s called ranked choice voting, what some advocates describe as an “instant run-off.”

Virginia Tech Professor and WDBJ7 Political Analyst Bob Denton was skeptical at first, but says there are some advantages.

“It tends to make campaigns less negative,” Denton said. “It prevents a plurality of someone under 50 percent playing a spoiler and obtaining a nomination.”

Republicans used ranked choice voting in last year’s convention. And they chose this method again because of COVID restrictions.

Virginia GOP Chairman Rich Anderson said he was happy with the way it went.

“Not only in terms of local elections, but I think it’s going to move to the state level,” Denton said.

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