Ranked Choice Voting Could Change the Way Pennsylvanians Cast Ballots

A Pennsylvania House Democrat has introduced a plan to change the state election code to require ranked choice voting in some Pennsylvania elections. State Rep. Christopher Rabb’s legislation would include all local and county elections, such as mayor, township supervisor, county commissioner, magisterial district judge, and judge of the Court of Common Pleas, among other positions. Federal and statewide elections such as president and vice president of the United States, U.S. Senator, and governor would still be decided through the current voting system. “Our democracy is broken,” Rabb said in a memo introducing the bill. “Low voter turnout, increasing polarization, and legislative gridlock undermine our government and stem from an outdated electoral system that promotes unfair representation, limited voter choice, and skewed primary elections. Ranked choice voting, also known as instant run-offs, offers us a solution.” Most of the United States, including Pennsylvania, uses the plurality voting method in which …Read More

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