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Bay Area should embrace ranked-choice voting movement

Nov 16, 2022

System strengthens the principle of majority rule and discourages negative campaigning

Map of California cities using RCV

The San Jose Mercury News Editorial Board writes:

"Ranked-choice voting carries multiple advantages, especially in primary elections that yield low voter turnout and consistently hurt minority candidates running for office.

It also gives voters greater say in who is elected. The current system works fine when only two candidates are on the ballot. But in an election with multiple candidates, which often occurs in a primary election, a candidate can win with only 20%-30 % of the vote. That means a majority of voters did not choose the winner. Too often that favors extremist candidates and/or candidates who engage in negative campaigning."

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