If state and federal elections in your state used ranked choice voting, you could vote for a candidate you actually approve of as your first choice, and someone you prefer to the other remaining candidates as your second choice.
Nobody could accuse you of being a "spoiler" because your vote would go to your second choice if your first were eliminated, and to your third if your second were eliminated, and so on.
Click here to ask your state legislators and governor to create ranked choice voting.
In November 2016, RootsAction helped urge a yes vote on an initiative to create ranked-choice or instant runoff voting in Maine, and a similar initiative in Benton County, Oregon. The measures both passed. In June 2017, along with Fair Vote and other groups, we helped prevent the Maine legislature from undoing what the public had created. Now, to seal the deal, the people of Maine will vote again in June.
Twelve U.S. cities now use ranked choice voting, including San Francisco and Santa Fe.
Why should Maine be the only state to take this democratizing step? Why shouldn't your state be next?
The results are predictable. We'll see less negative campaigning, more voting, more candidates elected from outside the two big parties, and more pressure on the two big parties to answer to public opinion.
Click here to jump start your state on the path toward ranked choice voting.
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