Maine’s “Rank” Move On Voting In This Week’s Primary

Ranked voting, a rebel movement at Yale and remembering a wonderful moment with Charles Krauthamer–it’s all in this edition of the Behind The Blue Wall podcast.

Matt Gagnon of the Maine Heritage Policy Center (and a local radio talk host, too!) explains the “ranked-choice voting system” Maine will be using this Tuesday in their state elections–and why he thinks it’s insane.

Journalist and trouble-maker Jamie Kirchick talks about his guerrilla campaign to join Yale’s Board of Trustees.

And the news of Charles Krauthammer’s heartbreaking letter about his battle with cancer hit during the production of this podcast, so I share a favorite Krauthammer story that’s (mostly) family-friendly.

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  1. Jaymes Grossman Member
    Jaymes Grossman

    Please watch these two short videos on the subject and see if you still think ranked choice voting is “the dumbest thing you’ve ever heard”:

    The Problems with First Past the Post Voting Explained

    The Alternative Vote Explained

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  2. kovo62 Coolidge

    To me ranked voting seems to be a worthy experiment, even though I believe a run-off system is superior. The only drawback to run-offs is that you have to hold a second election, but maybe it’s not really such an inconvenience because Louisiana, Georgia, and many nations around the world already do it.

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  3. JohnDQuinlan Inactive

    You know I listened to the guy talk about the Ranked Choice Voting… and I didn’t agree with him… and I also saw Jennifer Laurence video… I wish she would stay home cos that video aint gonna convince anybody. The MAIN benefit of this RCV is if you have a third party (imagine Ross Perot or a really good libertarian candidate) and you want him to be number one, but the other two choices are Trump or Hilary…. so FOR SURE we don’t want crooked Hilary, so in this case we’d all vote Ross number one, and then Trump number 2, and it means that we are not throwing away our vote by selecting the third party candidate. I lived in Ireland (where I first learned about the natural truth on my drive back from work with the Right hook) and they use a ranked choice voting, so I know this system well. Also, a smart you tuber put this out about the “alternative voting” system (same vid in Jaymes Grossman post above):  (its only 4 mins and well worth the watch) keep talking.

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  4. JohnDQuinlan Inactive

    Two other points…

    1. I am suspicious of Represent US and not sure how many conservatives they work with. 
    2. Nevertheless, I also DONT like it when the voters pass something and then the politicians say… nah, you guys don’t really want that.
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  5. FredGoodhue Coolidge

    I like ranked choice voting.  It insures that the winner is supported by a majority of the voters. When there are more than two candidates, and a plurality wins, then there is a good chance that the winner will be disliked by most of the voters. In the 2016 presidential primaries & caucuses, Donald Trump rarely received a majority of the vote, but he often received a plurality, while being severely disliked by a majority of the voters.  If states had had ranked choice voting, with winner take all for the majority winner, it is very unlikely that Donald Trump would have won the nomination. The downside of ranked choice voting is that it’s complicated and time consuming.

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  6. Randy Weivoda Moderator
    Randy Weivoda

    An additional advantage of rank choice voting is that if you enjoy voting, you can vote more than once in each race!

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