Letter to the editor: A better way for elections
To the editor:
Rather than strengthen prohibitions against ranked choice voting, our legislators should consider adopting it. Ranked choice voting lets voters indicate their preferences by ranking candidates. If no candidate receives a majority, the candidate with the fewest votes is eliminated and the candidate ranked second by that candidate’s voters is awarded those votes. That sounds fairly simple to me, but Jason Snead, now head of Honest Elections Project and formerly of the conservative Heritage Foundation, thinks that’s too complicated for Kansas voters. I wouldn’t underestimate Kansas voters like that.
Ranked choice voting has reduced extremism in politics in Alaska, and in at least some cases it has modestly increased voter turnout. Sounds worthwhile to me, even if it were complicated.