One of the under-reported stories of the 2020 election is that ranked choice voting was used for the first time in a US presidential election, in the state of Maine. A ranked ballot dramatically mitigates the "spoiler" effect of third party candidates (think Jill Stein 2016/Ralph Nader 2000).

There are good reasons to consider other voting methods, but RCV is a huge improvement over simple first-past-the-post voting. I hope we'll see it in more states soon.


@eloquence speaking as an Australian, welcome to the 20th Century! :awesome:

Interesting they did it with a grid of boxes like that, rather than just allowing write-in of the numbers, seems like it'd be hard to scale that up to like, 20+ candidates.

Wonder what the thought process behind that is ... literacy? It makes the instructions to the voter pretty complex though.

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