Letter: Ranked choice voting

Posted 11/20/19

Let’s try ranked choice voting Reading the election results in this week’s Sentinel, I am struck by the fact that in the three Mayoral races (Federal Heights, Northglenn, and Thornton) none of …

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Letter: Ranked choice voting

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Let’s try ranked choice voting

Reading the election results in this week’s Sentinel, I am struck by the fact that in the three Mayoral races (Federal Heights, Northglenn, and Thornton) none of the winners was elected by a majority of the voters. I bet that most Council races with over two candidates were similarly settled by less than a majority. As it cannot be asserted that the declared winners were preferred by those who voted for the third (and lower) place candidates, this is a deficient way to reflect democratic voter choice.

Sure, but correcting that would mean expensive and time-consuming run-off elections.

Yes…but no. This situation is why we, as engaged and participating citizens, should demand elections by Ranked Choice Voting. An RCV system means that instead of just voting for our top choice, we rank all candidates from most to least preferred.

In determining results, the last-place candidate’s votes are awarded to the remaining candidates per the second-choice selections. This process is continued until one candidate receives a majority of votes.

In effect, ranked choice voting is holding run-offs without conducting actual new elections.

Granted, this means revising ballots and tabulating processes, but we are smart people (with technology). We can do this and owe it to ourselves to have all our choices be counted all the way through the process.

P.S. Kudos to this year’s candidates for removing campaign signs so promptly! I usually see them for weeks after elections, which I always believe disputes candidates’ civic spirit.

Kirk Sarell,

Northglenn

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