Elizabeth Warren sounds very open to ranked choice voting

By NIK DECOSTA-KLIPA  |  June 11, 2019

Elizabeth Warren says she’s coming around on the idea of ranked choice voting.

“This is one of those things I had thought, ‘Nah, I don’t think so. I don’t think I understand this well enough,’” Warren said in podcast interview released Monday with Vox.com’s Ezra Klein. “And yet, I’ve started reading more of the data, working through more of the examples, and there’s a lot to be said for it.”

Maine became the first state in the country to use ranked choice voting last year. Under the system, voters can rank their preferred candidates, instead of casting their ballot for a single candidate. If no one gets more than 50 percent after the first choices are counted, the candidate who finished last is eliminated and has their votes reallocated based on their voters’ second choices. If necessary, the process repeats itself until a candidate has the majority.

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