PORT ANGELES — The Port Angeles City Council will consider asking the state Legislature for the right to choose to use a new voting system for future council races.
The council voted 4-2 Tuesday to direct staff to prepare a resolution that would seek legislative support for a ranked-choice voting system that could replace the top-two primary in local elections.
Voters would rank candidates from favorite to least favorite regardless of council position; all candidates would run for any council seat.
Other cities in Washington are interested in ranked-choice elections and some states have implemented it, said Lisa Ayrault, chair of FairVote Washington.
“The point of a ranked-choice election is to make sure that the winner actually has a majority of support,” Ayrault said in a Tuesday presentation to the council.
City Council members Lindsey Schromen-Wawrin, Mike French, Deputy Mayor Kate Dexter and Mayor Sissi Bruch voted to consider at the next council meeting a resolution of support for ranked-choice voting.
The next council meeting will begin at 6 p.m. Dec. 3 in the City Council chambers at City Hall, 321 E. Fifth St.
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