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SPRINGFIELD, Mo. – Among dozens of petitions circulating for 2024 statewide ballot initiatives, one would see Missouri’s state and local elections adopt a ranked-choice voting model.

Hold the parties more accountable to voters...

The system guarantees that the person who wins is the person who has the most people marked on a ballot.

“Instead of a significant percentage of people feeling not represented,” said Winston Apple, a retired teacher and Democratic operative in Independence who filed the petition about RCV. “Almost everyone would have someone in the General Assembly that they feel represents them.”

Apple says because the two major parties wouldn’t be guaranteed a candidate in a head-to-head race, it would hold the parties more accountable to voters, particularly whichever party currently holds power.

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