Maine is the first and only state to implement ranked-choice voting for federal elections. And now third-party voters’ second choice has led to a Republican losing his House seat to a Democrat.
Only one state in the US allows voters to rank their candidates for federal and state elections. But enthusiasm for the system is growing nationally. Could, and should, this be the voting system of the future?
Ranked-choice voting — where voters rank all the candidates rather than opting for a single one — could lead to greater diversity and representation of views for both voters and candidates at the ballot box. New York joins a growing list of municipalities moving in this direction.