Op-ed: Ranked Choice Voting can help Utah elections

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  • Frozen Fractals Salt Lake City, UT
    June 13, 2017 2:01 p.m.

    This would've helped with things like anyone who wanted to vote for McMullin, Johnson, or Stein, but had a preference in one of Clinton or Trump over the other. They could just vote for their favorite as their 1st choice and make their "in case of failure of ____ make sure ____ doesn't win by voting _____" vote a lower tier thing.

    The Green and Libertarian parties definitely want this so that they don't have to be blamed for being a spoiler anymore.

    This would also apply to United Utah. If you prefer their candidate but don't want the Dem to win, then you can just rank it as 1st: UU, 2nd: R.

  • Frozen Fractals Salt Lake City, UT
    June 13, 2017 1:48 p.m.

    @jimrtex
    "Or scanning equipment can easily recognize handwritten numerals. This is used in Scotland."

    I really don't trust anything that has to rely on being able to figure out handwritten numerals. That just seems like asking for a mess in any really close election.

  • jimrtex Houston, TX
    June 12, 2017 1:20 p.m.

    Utah should eliminate partisan nominations and partisan primaries, then hold an RCV primary open to all candidates and all voters. The Top 2 would then appear on the general election ballot.

    RCV does not need special voting equipment, simple paper ballots can be used which the voter marks 1, 2, 3, etc. Citizen tellers can count the ballots by hand (the tellers could be chosen just like a jury panel is selected). This system has been used for nearly a century in Ireland, which has a population similar to Utah. Or scanning equipment can easily recognize handwritten numerals. This is used in Scotland.

  • one old man Ogden, UT
    June 12, 2017 9:42 a.m.

    Yes, yes, and YES.

    Both at state and federal levels.

  • SMcloud Sandy, UT
    June 11, 2017 2:00 p.m.

    This is a great idea. It makes it so we only have to hold one election and it's clear who is the favorite.

    Saves time and money. I'm for it.

  • cmsense Kaysville, UT
    June 11, 2017 1:51 p.m.

    Ranked Choice Voting sounds better than what we have. I'd like to get it to where like some congressional races in Calif, at the end of it there is often two democrats running against each other. Here it may be two Republicans more likely, but rather than running towards the fringes of their constituents, more reasonably minded politicians would be favored over fringes.

  • Drew Chamberlain Layton, UT
    June 11, 2017 12:14 p.m.

    We have used RCV in The Republican Party State Convention. It works great, and so fast. Thanks,