The beauty of RCV

Dear Editor:

This year, we have the ability to rank our choices for president and the U.S. Senate. Ranked choice voting has been approved by Maine voters, enacted by the Maine Legislature and certified by the courts. It’s legal, and don’t let anyone tell you otherwise.

With ranked choice voting, you have the ability to rank your choices for these two races. The beauty of RCV is that you can vote for the person you really want. You don’t have to worry that you will be casting a “spoiler” vote. Then again, if you have no interest in ranking your votes, you are under no obligation to do so. Vote for one and only one candidate or rank them; the choice is entirely up to you.

While we have been using ranked choice voting in Maine since June 2018, this is the first time we’ve been able to use it for the presidential race. RCV is a simple, fair and easy way to give voters more choice and encourage more positive campaigns.

If you choose to rank candidates, then fill in the circle on your ballot for your first choice, second choice and so on for as many candidates as you would like to rank. You can stop after your first choice or you can rank as many, or as few, candidates as you want.

If you choose to rank your votes for the presidential or U.S. Senate race you will not in any way hurt your candidate by using RCV.

If a candidate receives an outright majority, RCV is not triggered. However, if no candidate receives a majority, then RCV will be used. If RCV is activated, ballots are counted in rounds. The last-place candidate is eliminated until one candidate reaches a majority and wins.

I assure you it’s easy and it gives you the opportunity to rank candidates if you want to do that.

Democracy is not a spectator sport. Go out and vote!

Clare Hudson Payne


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