Maine became the first state to use the ranked voting system statewide starting only in 2018. Since then, a flurry of states and localities have been considering a switch to the unique system. A change to ranked voting and away from the universally used plurality voting system is beginning to be seen by many in both parties as a potential gamechanger. A mock M&M can be an interesting way to learn about ranked voting. This article by Lyndsey Brollini is published by Alaska Public Media. Here is an excerpt:
Near the entrance to Amalga Distillery in Juneau, there are paper cups each with eight different flavors of M&M. The flavors represent the primary candidates for this mock election.
People scan a QR code and then vote for their favorite M&M. They can only pick one — that’s how Alaska’s new primary will work.
Once there are enough votes in, the top four M&Ms will face off in the general election. That’s when people will rank candidates.
Read the full article here.