Hi all, we wanted to highlight an article by Democracy SOS. Just across the Delaware River, Philadelphia voters elected the winner of their Democratic primary (and the likely next mayor of Philadelphia) with just 32.6% of the vote.
“The large candidate fields in Philadelphia, Chicago, Denver and Houston give voters lots of choices. But when a dozen people seek the same office, the winner-take-all rules can result in spoiler candidates, split votes and non-majority winners. That makes it difficult for leaders to claim a mandate, and for a city to come together around a common vision.”
“Ranked-choice voting is a proven fix to all these problems. The largest cities in seven states, from New York City to Minneapolis to Salt Lake City, elect their mayors and city councils with RCV. Most do it in one RCV election, when turnout is highest and voters can assess the full field. If your first-choice candidate doesn’t have a shot at winning, your vote simply counts for your next highest-ranked candidate. No more strategic voting or vote-splitting: If your favorite candidate has a chance, your vote stays with them. If not, your vote won’t play spoiler — it will simply count for your next-favorite choice.”
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