The accusations by entrenched Republican elites in Maine does not change these facts. Republican leaders, sadly and apparently afraid of actually needing to convince the majority of Mainers to support their candidates and policies, have decided to now oppose RCV.
As a swing voter, who has proudly voted for and supported Republicans in the past, I can’t fathom supporting a party that continues to remove itself from ‘We the People’, to be only for “a few of the people, the whitest and wealthiest.”
Please don’t miss this chance to fundamentally level the playing field and improve our system of voting. We may never get another chance to upgrade and improve our democratic institutions on a state scale.
In ranked choice voting systems, if a candidate gets a majority of the votes, 50%, plus 1, they win. This has the bonus of legitimizing the victory of the candidate, and helps them move forward to govern and lead.
We Americans have problems, no doubt, serious problems to work on, but at least in our country, the other side is not your enemy. They are, on the whole, well meaning people who have different ideas of how to solve the same problems.