Alaska’s ranked choice voting system, used for the first time this year in the state’s primaries and a special congressional election, yielded a defeat for former Gov. Sarah Palin and confusion over the complicated practice.
Ranked choice voting allows voters to list a second choice and third choice (and beyond) on their ballots rather than forcing them to select one candidate.
Advocates of the system say it encourages friendlier and more centrist races, because candidates have to compete not just to get the top spot on a voter’s ballot but also to land in the second or third spot of a voter who may not consider them a first choice.
Opponents of ranked choice voting argue the complex nature of calculating votes can too easily produce a winning candidate who does not reflect the will of the majority.
Interest in ranked choice voting has grown in recent years as more states and cities adopt the method. (Read more from “After Alaska, Where Ranked Choice Voting Is Headed Next” HERE)
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