By Mark Bauer
One of the things that first drew me to the idea of Ranked Choice Voting is how it’s a democratic equalizer. So often our political fights are more about how to maintain power and less about the actual ideas that would produce a greater society for all Americans.
Rank the vote appeals to voters from all political stripes, across all economic backgrounds. The one thing they have in common is that they want to be able to focus on honest-to-goodness solutions to problems plaguing communities all across the country.
If you haven’t already, take a couple of minutes and hear from some of those diverse voices explain what issues they are eager to see ranked choice voting address and what appeals to them about RCV. Then, sound off in the comments and let us know what you like!
“Our political system is paralyzed by polarization.” – Mike Kenig, executive, Better Ballot Georgia
“Most are voting out of fear of the other side. Others are so alienated, they don’t even believe voting makes a difference.” – Julia Muench, executive and policy and research co-lead, Ranked Choice New York
“Voices of innovation and compromise are blocked from the podium of politics.” – Kristin Brownlee, speakers bureau lead, Rank the Vote Delaware
“Women and people of color, despite hard and won gains, remain far from fair representation.”– Kamuela Tillman, fundraising lead, Voter Choice New Jersey
“Ranked choice voting is one simple change to fix problems caused by our outdated, plurality, winner-take-all voting system.” – Mike Griffin, voting rights advocate, Minneapolis, MN
Mark Bauer is a producer, entrepreneur, day trader and former Independent candidate for Congress in Texas. Previously he spent 10 years as a legal journalist covering the legal market in Texas and regulatory issues in Washington DC. Mark’s primary interests involve using content and storytelling to help different groups of people better understand one another.
The views and opinions expressed in this article are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the official policy or position of Rank the Vote, its members, supporters, funders, or affiliates.